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.
Few players get to name their landing spot, but Stanton's full no-trade clause would, theoretically, give the National League MVP the power to decline every deal that did not send him to the Dodgers. MLB.com reported the Dodgers were the only team Stanton would be willing to accept a trade to, without further consideration.
MLB Rumors: Stanton Waiting On Dodgers, Ohtani To Start Meeting With Teams & More
As of Sunday, the Dodgers and Marlins were still in contact regarding Stanton, but have not made progress toward a deal, according to one source.
It was believed the Marlins wouldn't have given either team clearance to speak with Stanton or his agency (Wasserman Group) if deals, or at least frameworks for deals, weren't in place.
The Giants have said they're open to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold a fourth straight year, which would come with severe penalties, but the Dodgers don't appear so open to the idea and already have plenty of capable outfielders. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned.