Yankees in contention as Giancarlo Stanton narrows trade preferences

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What's very notable is that none of those teams are the St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants, the two teams that have been trying the hardest to acquire Stanton. SiriusXM host Craig Mish tweeted on Thursday night that the Astros and Cubs are the other two teams, but aren't as high on the list for Stanton as NY and Los Angeles. (The Astros and Cubs remain in the mix, albeit behind the Yankees and Dodgers.) Stanton's refusal to go to St. Louis wasn't a hypothetical one, according to the Cardinals.

Although Stanton's full no-trade clause allows him to veto any trade offer, the Miami Marlins have reportedly only accepted offers with the Cardinals and Giants.

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The MLB offseason has been relatively quiet to this point, but that should change during baseball's winter meetings starting on this weekend, which is where much of the foundation for offseason trades and other acquisitions take place. He led the majors with 58 home runs and 132 RBI, winning the MVP award despite playing for a team that didn't threaten to make the playoffs.

The Yankees, who earlier this week were told they were no longer in the running for Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, have made it clear they would prefer to be under the $197 million luxury tax threshold next season.

In any case, the issue isn't so much that Stanton's contract has 10 years remaining, but that at $295 million, it costs the Marlins almost $30 million a year. Stanton would have been a splash move approved by ownership, but the Giants do want to dip under the luxury tax at some point, and they're about $10 million away from the 2018 tax number already. Whatever the case, a trade with the Dodgers is not a deal the Marlins want to make. "There's an inherent risk in that, no matter how many home runs he hit past year".