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MLB trade rumors: Marlins may force Giancarlo Stanton to accept a deal

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The Marlins have told star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton that if he does not waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade, then he will stay with a rebuilding Miami club, sources told Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.

The Marlins informed Stanton of this choice back in October. If the reigning National League MVP says no, then the Marlins will deal other high-priced players on the team in order to shred their payroll.

This news comes a day after Stanton and his camp submitted a priority list of teams he would agree to a trade. Among the top teams on that list are the Dodgers, who are his “preferred destination.” But, it has been reported that only the Giants and Cardinals have made formal trade offers to the Marlins. The Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox have also reached out to the Marlins about Stanton.

Stanton is going to make a whopping $295 million over the next 10 years. The Marlins would like to have their payroll at around $90 million this year. The Marlins have reportedly wanted to trade expensive players such as second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Martin Prado, along with Stanton. Gordon is due $37 million over the next three seasons and has a $14 million team option in 2021. Prado is due $13.5 million this year and is set to make $15 million in 2019.