So, any trade for Stanton would likely mean they'd have to jettison salary, not to mention the numerous assets they would have to send to the Marlins to complete the trade.
There are many hot takes on social media ripping Stanton for being so specific with his demands and not allowing a trade to the Cardinals or Giants, but that's his right.
On the other hand, at what point will the Marlins blink first?
To potentially afford Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees will need to find a taker for Jacoby Ellsbury's contract. Here are all the latest Major League Baseball rumors you need to know. They're trying to get rid of this salary and acquire top prospects at the same time. And that puts the Yankees in a unique situation, one that an aggressive general manager like Brian Cashman would have to address with ownership. They already traded their big signing from the year before, Mike Leake, when the Mariners agreed to take on the majority of his deal. For either of them to do it, they would have to unload a bad contract of their own. A lineup that includes Judge, Stanton and Gary Sanchez would be the most formidable in all of baseball.
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The Giants had a deal in place with the Marlins to acquire the superstar slugger, but Stanton had other plans.
As a rival exec said on Friday, "Don't forget, you'd be taking a guy for 10 years who has a significant history of injuries".
However, Stanton hasn't totally eliminated the Giants and Cardinals yet, according to Mish, but they are not his preferred destination.
Speculation is that Stanton would prefer to play with the Dodgers, having grown up a fan of the club in Southern California.
Meanwhile the Yankees, tempted as they may be, are convinced they'll get there without adding such a weapon.