The context behind those meetings became clearer on Sunday: Multiple sources said the Marlins have agreed upon the general framework of a Stanton trade with both San Francisco and St. Louis. Stanton can control where he goes since he has a full no-trade clause, and as such, he is waiting to see how much interest the Los Angeles Dodgers have, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Stanton's people have received approval for a meeting with the Cardinals, but it's unclear when that meeting will take place, sources said.
Meanwhile, Marlins MLB.com reporter Joe Frisaro notes that the deal is not imminent and that the Marlins are still talking with other clubs. As such, the rumor mill is buzzing with potential free agent signings and trade talks, especially around the future of Giancarlo Stanton.
One team that is showing decreased interest in Stanton is the Boston Red Sox, as SiriusXM's Craig Mish reports they have made a decision to end their pursuit of him.
Between the Giants and Cardinals, Stanton might prefer San Francisco per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per MLBPipeline.com, those are the Giants' second-, third- and fourth-rated prospects, respectively. He wants to hear what teams have to say as he could be on the move from the cost-cutting Marlins.
Stanton has been aware of the possibility of a trade for months. But with new ownership in Miami trying to shed payroll, the remaining $295 million on Stanton's massive contract is a priority for the team to move. The Dodgers have not been beating down the door for Stanton.