Marlins slugger Stanton rejects trade to Giants

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Giancarlo Stanton has rejected the Giants' trade proposal that would send the Miami Marlins star to San Francisco, it was announced on Friday.

The St Louis Cardinals pulled out of the Stanton sweepstakes earlier today, and the Giants are also out of the running for the 2017 National League MVP, four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and two-time NL home run leader.

In a statement, the Giants said: "Our agreement with the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton subject to his waiving of the no-trade clause will not move forward and it is our understanding that the Marlins and Stanton are exploring other options."

Now the attention turns to who could land the 28-year-old outfielder.

Stanton is rumoured to be willing to go to the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and reigning World Series champions the Houston Astros.

But logically, the only two teams likely to have the prospects or the motivation to get Stanton would be the Dodgers and the Yankees.

The Astros likely do not have a need for Stanton considering Josh Reddick is signed up for three more years and they have George Springer in center field in addition to both Derek Fisher and Kyle Tucker presenting intriguing prospects in the future.

Chicago traded most of their top prospects at the trade deadline in 2017 and really only have Ian Happ as a disposable prospect at the moment, so the Marlins would probably be able to get more somewhere else.

The Dodgers and the Yankees, though, have both the prospects and the money to get the deal done.