Giants executives are in Los Angeles to meet Giancarlo Stanton’s representatives and discuss a potential deal, Ken Rosenthal confirmed Thursday night.
It was earlier reported that the Marlins would accept a specific deal from the Giants that would include second baseman Joe Panik, pitching prospect Tyler Beede and outfield prospect Chris Shaw for Stanton, as long as the Giants were to take on $250 million of the $295 million on Stanton’s monster contract.
Rosenthal reports that it is unclear whether a deal is in place, but the Marlins have been aggressive in searching for a deal for Stanton and have told the 28-year-old slugger to accept a deal or be the lone star on a rebuilding team.
The Giants have been mentioned in the Stanton trade rumors for much of the offseason, and reportedly have the financial means to absorb the superstar’s contract.
Stanton slugged a league-best 59 home runs in 2017, and would immediately make the Giants one of the most feared lineups in baseball alongside Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt.
The mention of Joe Panik in a potential deal for Stanton could suggest that the Marlins are also preparing to deal second baseman Dee Gordon in the near future as well.