Since 2012, the Marlins have not had a winning season or have shown signs of improving. Though he has an opt-out clause for 2020, Miami doesn't want to chance it. With Puig, Bellinger, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, and Enrique Hernandez all in the fold, they've also got plenty of outfield options.
It is no secret that the Dodgers have been on the top of Giancarlo Stanton's list, and his full no-trade clause gives him the final say. Given that the Marlins are heavily focused on offloading his contract, the second part of that formulation - i.e., luring Stanton himself - is perhaps the more challenging of the two. Stanton has been stuck on a losing team for his entire career. "But our terms with the Marlins are clear".
Nevertheless, the Dodgers have reported issues with adding Stanton's contract and going over the luxury tax. He still has quite a few years left and doesn't want to waste them in Miami. All of that is a real impediment, even for a team with coffers as deep as the Dodgers'.
In addition to the prospects Houston would have been forced to surrender, it likely would have been asked to take on a sizable portion of the $295 million remaining on his contract.
But on Wednesday, Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed on San Francisco's flagship radio station KNBR that the club had reached the parameters of a potential trade for Stanton. However, if Craig Mish's report is true, then the Giants are taking on nearly all of Stanton's contract and sending over their top four prospects.