SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Giants are preparing to put the full-court press on Shohei Otani, they may finally be coming to the end of their other offseason pursuit.
According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, a Giancarlo Stanton trade is expected to be finalized within the next two to three days. The Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are known to be the two clear frontrunners, with the Dodgers in the mix as the team Stanton apparently prefers, but may not get a chance to join.
The Giants and Cardinals met with Stanton's representatives last week and the Giants believe they have the right package -- prospects and financial relief -- to get a deal done if Stanton waives his no-trade clause. To this point, there has been no indication that Stanton will waive it for either team, but he may not have much of a choice if the Dodgers continue to stay on the sidelines. He has made it clear that he does not want to be part of a rebuild in Miami.
Stanton is the reigning National League MVP and hit 59 homers during the 2017 season. The Giants finished last in the majors in homers.