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Report: Stanton trade expected to be finalized in next few days

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Report: Stanton trade expected to be finalized in next few days

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.

Larry Baer's statement on passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

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Larry Baer's statement on passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

 

Statement from Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer Regarding Passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee.  He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need.  He was the Giants' number one fan and we are blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories together.  He will be dearly missed by everyone in our organization.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Lee's wife Anita, his daughters Brianna and Tania and his entire family during this tragic and difficult time.  

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Cain, Moustakas on Giants' radar? Sabean: 'My vote would be a no'

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Cain, Moustakas on Giants' radar? Sabean: 'My vote would be a no'

ORLANDO — In a world without qualifying offers, a lot of offseason moves would be easier to swallow. Put Lorenzo Cain in center, giving the Giants an elite defender at a time when outfield defense is their biggest flaw. Put Mike Moustakas at third, adding power to the worst home-run-hitting team in the majors. Many around the game, perhaps not familiar with the Giants' desire to rebuild their minor league system, think both players make sense in orange and black. 

But nine players received — and turned down — qualifying offers, including Cain and Moustakas, the former Royals stars. That’s why you can just about cross them off the winter wish list. The Giants, being over the luxury tax, would forfeit two draft picks and international bonus money if they signed either player. Asked about that possibility on the first day of the winter meetings, vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean left no doubt about where he stands. 

“If you’re asking me personally, my vote would be a no, being that we wouldn't want to get involved with somebody like that,” Sabean said.

VIDEO: Sabean -- Not a surprise Stanton, Ohtani went elsewhere

Sabean’s vote, of course, carries significant weight, but he’s not alone in his thinking. Sources said others in the front office, including general manager Bobby Evans, are just as protective of the picks that would be surrendered. The Giants would give up the second pick in the second round and the second pick in the fifth round. Because they lost 98 games and will pick second overall in every round, every pick in next June’s draft will mean a bit more. The Giants would also have to give up $1 million in international bonus pool money at a time when they are focused on becoming bigger players in that market. 

“That would be a huge hit in a year (we have) the second pick in every round,” Sabean said. “We really have a chance to make hay in this draft and we expect to do so, so that would be a stretch.”

The other players who rejected qualifying offers last month were Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis, Alex Cobb, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Carlos Santana.