Giants Expect Giancarlo Stanton Decision This Week; Dodgers Biggest Threat

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Back in the middle of November, Jon Morosi tweeted that teams told the Marlins that Stanton's contract is what he would receive on the open market.

It is no secret that the Dodgers have been on the top of Giancarlo Stanton's list, and his full no-trade clause gives him the final say. The Giants are among seven teams Ohtani is considering signing with. It is worth noting that Stanton is 28 years old. He wants out of Miami because he doesn't feel they will be winning the World Series anytime soon.

The complication with the Dodgers is that Stanton's $325 million dollar contract does not fit their plans of getting under the luxury tax threshold. They'd like to get under that that bar at some point, so as to reset their penalty clock (the penalties get steeper the more consecutive years you're above the cutoff). All of that is a real impediment, even for a team with coffers as deep as the Dodgers'.

If Stanton passes on a trade to the Giants or Cardinals, then the Dodgers will be in a good spot.

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Stanton is due to make $25 million in 2018 after he led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs this season. However, the feeling is that he will probably approve the deal.

The Giants and Marlins have reportedly agreed on a general framework, but the decision ultimately comes down to Stanton.

In addition to the prospects Houston would have been forced to surrender, it likely would have been asked to take on a sizable portion of the $295 million remaining on his contract. That's perhaps why the Dodger front office is "slow playing" this to an extent. However, if Craig Mish's report is true, then the Giants are taking on nearly all of Stanton's contract and sending over their top four prospects. And beyond all that.

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