Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Marlins have trade framework in place with Giants, Cards

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have also been linked with interest in Stanton.

Not that it would matter. The right fielder has a full no-trade clause as part of the 13-year, $325 million contract he signed with Miami in 2014.

Stanton would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for any deal to proceed. But the Dodgers have luxury-tax issues and have not seriously pursued Stanton - at least not yet.

Meantime, the rival Giants are hoping Stanton determines San Francisco would suit him as a runner-up choice.

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According to Fox Sports, if Stanton isn't dealt to either the Giants or the Cardinals over the next few days, the reason could be that the Dodgers have gotten involved in trade talks with the Marlins.

The Miami Marlins have agreed to the general framework of a trade involving star Giancarlo Stanton to the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline. As Morosi highlighted, though, Stanton has the ability to all but cease ongoing trade negotiations if he wants to hold out until another team enters the mix.

The Giants have many holes to fill including the outfield, third base and the bullpen as they try to bounce back from an embarrassing 98-loss season.

The Dodgers' best bet might be waiting for Stanton to force the Marlins' hand, if Los Angeles is in fact his preferred destination, and to take advantage of Miami's desperation to unload as much of that contract as possible.