File this under awe shucks. Marlin’s slugger and NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton has whittled down his list of teams that he would waive his no-trade clause for to just 4 clubs. Stanton will only waive his no-trade clause for the Dodgers, Yankees, Astros, or Cubs. Notice the San Francisco Giants are not among the teams in that short list. There were 25 other teams not on this list as well. However it’s important to remember that the Giants were considered one of the finalists to land Stanton just a mere hour or so ago.
The Giants were so hopeful. They (along with the Cardinals) had an agreement for a trade in place with the Miami front office. One little problem there, Stanton has a full no-trade clause in his contract and if he doesn’t want to play somewhere, welp then he doesn’t have to. And you know what? He doesn’t want to play for the Giants no matter how hard they wined and dined him.
The Giants tried pretty hard though. They wooed him. They moonlighted him. They extolled the virtues of playing on a club that finished with the worst record in MLB and has a depleted farm system. After all the Giants play in a ball park where seagulls will swoop in and eat your food after the game. The framework was laid.
However Mr. Stanton just put the brakes on the Giant’s dream of actually having a super star power slugger in their lineup. Stanton recently told reporters and the Marlins that he will not waive his no-trade clause to play for the Giants. It is official the Giants are heartbroken as their dreams have been crushed.
This doesn’t stop the Giants from possibly going after someone like J.D. Martinez or another free agent star. But Stanton was the guy the Giants really wanted. He’s the guy that would have not only given them an immediate power upgrade in their weak lineup but also the guy that would have put fans in seats in record numbers for the 2018 season. He represented a buzz that the Giants wanted because he was supposed to erase their fans memories of a miserable 2017 season.
Now that won’t happen. The Marlins will look for another trade partner that’s willing to take on Stanton’s enormous salary. Meanwhile the Giants will head back to the drawing board looking for a way to jumpstart their morbid organization. Giancarlo Stanton will not be traded to the Giants, and that’s great news.