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 Marlins have reportedly warned Stanton that he will be stuck on a stripped-down team in the process of a rebuild if he refuses to waive his no-trade rights and accept a new deal elsewhere. Stanton keeps his offseason home in Los Angeles.
Stanton went to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif, just 14 miles from Dodger Stadium, which makes the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly high on his list. He has $295 million remaining on his contract. It isn't known whether Stanton has concern about a state tax situation, and he hasn't said anything about it, but his taxes would go up dramatically with a trade nearly anywhere from Miami, and that's especially true if he's traded to a California team.
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McCutchen's name has swirled in trade rumors over the last two years, but the Pirates opted to pick up his 2018 contract option earlier this month.
According to reports and sources, San Francisco's package of prospects who could be involved in a deal for Stanton include outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw, right-hander Tyler Beede and outfielder Heliot Ramos.