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Giancarlo Stanton is meeting with team representatives

Saturday Morning’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the next step in the Giancarlo Stanton trade talks, a new Yankees manager and a couple moves from Friday

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No one would deny that, to this point, the offseason has been a complete drag. For roughly the entire first month there were virtually no moves after Justin Upton re-upped with the Angels immediately following the conclusion of the World Series. Now, with December underway, things are finally starting to heat up. Moves are coming in now, though nothing major has taken place just yet. That's coming too, though, with Shohei Ohtani officially being posted on Friday. Additionally, the seemingly never-ending Giancarlo Stanton saga could be ending in the near-future. At least, things are progressing in the right direction. On Friday, the slugger's representatives reportedly met with both the Giants and the Cardinals.

First, late Thursday night it came out that the NL MVP was meeting with representatives from San Francisco. The Giants have, based on reports, been the most aggressive in these trade talks. They've shown a willingness to take on the entire massive contract and they've sent over hard offers ready to make things work. The Cardinals have been similarly aggressive, though at this point we don't know how much of the contract St. Louis would be willing to take on. We do know, however, that they had plans to meet with Stanton's representatives on Friday.

All of this is happening because teams are aware that it is just as valuable, if not moreso, to make Stanton happy as it is to make Miami happy with the trade offer. Stanton has a high-profile no-trade clause and he hasn't been afraid to use it, even under the ridiculous threat from his own current ownership group. According to reports, the slugger would ideally like to wear a Dodgers uniform next year, but to this point Los Angeles hasn't shown public interest. Stanton is well within his rights to wait for the Dodgers to make a declaritive statement one way or the other (publicly or privately), but he's smart to at least hear out what San Francisco and St. Louis have to say. If he does give one or both of them his blessing, this whole saga could be over in short oder.