The San Francisco Giants are the team that’s shown the most interest in Giancarlo Stanton, sources suggest, though they are far from alone, as the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and others also expressed hope this summer.
The Giants could actually have an advantage over those two teams, some think; they may be seen as more likely to turn it around quickly than the Phillies (that may or may not be true, but he may see it that way), and while winning is the No. 1 priority, it’s believed he probably would prefer to be on one of the coasts than the Midwest, if given a choice.
Stanton has only said he wasn’t up for an expected rebuild, if that’s the way the Marlins went, and he has not commented on any prospective teams. And Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, has yet to meet with new Marlins CEO Derek Jeter to discuss his feelings, and the alternatives, according to people close to the situation.
The Giants’ interest shouldn’t be a surprise as a deep-pocketed team with a need for power and at least one outfielder. While there’s been some suggestion out there that the Giants’ budget could be limited, they’ve made clear they aren’t about to rebuild and will do what they can to get back to their usual place in contention.
Everyone who knows Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, agrees that his top priority is to play for a winning team. And while the Giants’ 64-98 record isn’t a selling point, their history and resolve could be enough to convince him to come, according to some.
One other issue could be the Giants’ relatively weak farm system – but Stanton’s rich contract ($295 million to go) realistically could limit the return. Stanton, a Los Angeles native, is said to like the idea of playing on a coast, so San Francisco, the two LA teams, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox could all be desirable.
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