From a Yankees' point of view, it's great that Giancarlo Stanton put them on his short list of teams for whom he'll waive his no-trade clause.
As noted by Mish, the Giants and Cardinals are not completely out of the conversation.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal also reported on Thursday night that Stanton "does not want the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals", but Stanton's thinking is "fluid", so perhaps he will change his mind.
Stanton met with both the Giants and Cardinals after Miami reportedly told him that, if he doesn't accept a trade to one of those teams, the Marlins will deal their other key players to save salary and he will be the lone star on their team as they go through another rebuild.
Expect Stanton's future destination to be the main topic of interest at the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 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.
And even if the Marlins were willing to eat enough of Stanton's contract to make some sort of deal possible, they would then want premium prospects in return, and the Yankees might balk at that idea as well.
Since Stanton would now approve a trade to the Yankees, it would behoove NY to at least continue to inquire about what it would take to get him.
New Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said last month that the team is listening to trade offers for the slugging outfielder and says Miami must make changes to stop losing money.
And Cashman, who just agreed to a new five-year, $25 million contract extension, has talked Hal Steinbrenner into adding on payroll before, delaying the Yankees' oft-stated goal of getting under the luxury tax.
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