Executives from the Giants and Cardinals met in recent days with Stanton's representatives, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Saturday that Stanton himself was present for both meetings. He'd need to approve any deal because of his full no-trade clause.
It's unclear what Miami would target in a trade with the Cardinals, and the deal may prove to be a nonstarter.
Morosi has reported that Los Angeles is Stanton's preferred destination, but the Dodgers, who had the league's highest payroll in 2017, would rather not exceed the $197 million luxury tax threshold in 2018. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline.
As of Sunday afternoon, one source said Stanton had not informed Miami of a decision. Stanton is from the Valley and now has a home in the Hollywood Hills.
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The Dodgers have been somewhat hesitant on Stanton due to their desire not to exceed the $197 million luxury tax threshold or add another nine-figure contract to the books beyond Clayton Kershaw's.
A trade framework was a logical precondition for the Marlins to grant the Giants and Cardinals permission to speak with Stanton. Stanton was in the Los Angeles area at the time, although he may not actually have been involved in the talks with either the Giants or Cardinals.
McCutchen's name has swirled in trade rumors over the last two years, but the Pirates opted to pick up his 2018 contract option earlier this month.
Meantime, the rival Giants are hoping Stanton determines San Francisco would suit him as a runner-up choice. With Stanton making $25 million next year - and having $295 million over the next 10 years to go - he doesn't fit the new owners' plans.