On Thursday morning, a report surfaced about Giancarlo Stanton's fear for the Giants' future.
But even though Stanton reportedly has not formally told the Marlins he would accept a trade to the Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, both teams are reportedly optimistic a deal would be approved by the NL MVP.
Sources: Giancarlo Stanton has not given formal word to #Marlins that he would accept trade to #SFGiants, but officials involved in talks are optimistic that he ultimately will. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 30, 2017
And, it appears a certain packagae of prospects, money and a 2015 All-Star from the Giants to the Marlins can get the trade complete. The Marlins would likely accept a package of Joe Panik plus prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw, along with the Giants eating $250 million of the $295 million left on Stanton's contract.
Giancarlo Stanton trade development: Source says #Marlins likely would accept offer of Panik, Beede and Shaw for Stanton alone -- if #SFGiants committed to paying at least $250 million of the $295 million left on Stanton’s contract. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 30, 2017
Panik hit .288 with 10 home runs in 2017. All 10 of his homers were on the road. The 27-year-old also won a Gold Glove in 2016.
Beede, 24, was selected No. 14 overall by the Giants in the 2014 MLB Draft. He is considered the Giants' top pitching prospect and went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA in Triple-A this year, though his season was cut short due to a groin injury.
The Giants took Shaw, 24, No. 31 overall the next year in the 2015 MLB Draft. Shaw led the Giants at all levels with 24 home runs in 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A. He is left fielder converted from first base who is considered the top or near the top hitting prospect for the Giants.
Stanton's contract runs through 2027, but he has an opt-out clause after the 2020 season.