Most eyes around the league remain on the Miami Marlins and a possible trade involving reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
A new, updated list of teams Stanton would reportedly accept a trade to—he must waive his full no-trade clause in order for any deal to go through—reportedly includes some of baseball's biggest names, including the New York Yankees. The Dodgers, Cubs and reigning World Series champions Astros join New York on the list of Stanton-approved destinations.
A major factor in any talks revolving around Stanton is his massive contract; Stanton is still owed $295 million over ten years.
On Sunday evening, it was reported that the Marlins have agreed to the framework of Stanton trades with the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants. But Stanton reportedly won't approve either of those deals, which essentially kills any chance they have of going through.
Stanton is coming off a season in which he hit .281 with 168 hits, 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. He led the league in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and slugging percentage. His 59 home runs were the most in the majors since Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001. The Marlins finished the year with a 77–85 record.
Here are the latest rumors involving Stanton:
• Stanton's newest list of approved teams: the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and Astros. (Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic)
• A deal between New York and Miami could be spurred on by the Marlins' agreeing to take on some of the $70 million owed to Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury too has a no-trade clause, and the Marlins would likely waive him, making him a free agent. (Buster Olney, ESPN)
• While deals with the Giants and Cardinals were in place, Stanton is reportedly not going to approve either and thus will not waive his no-trade cause.
• Giants infield prospect Christian Arroyo will not be involved in a deal. (Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle)
• Giants second basemen Joe Panik and Dee Gordon will not be involved in a deal. (Craig Mish, Sirius XM)
• A trade isn't close to completion and "it appears it's going to drag on a while." (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com)
• A two- to three-day timeline is a hopeful estimate to try and finalize a deal. (Jon Heyman, Fan Rag Sports)
• The Marlins are optimistic that a deal could be done in two to three days. (Craig Mish, Sirius XM)
• There is no timetable for a deal to be finalized with the Cardinals or Giants. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
This post will be updated with the latest news and rumors regarding Stanton.