There's no questioning that slugger Giancarlo Stanton is the face of the Miami Marlins. But could he soon be carrying another franchise?
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillles and Texas Rangers have asked the Marlins about their star outfielder, who leads the majors with 50 home runs, 108 RBIs (tied with the Rockies' Nolan Arenado) and a 1.059 OPS entering Monday.
The Giants are expressing the strongest interest in Stanton, a high-ranking executive told USA Today Sports.
Nightengale mulls that the Marlins could deal Stanton by the start of 2018 under a new ownership group led by New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.
Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million extension with the Marlins prior to the start of the 2015 season, the largest contract in pro sports in terms of total value. The 27-year-old is owed a guaranteed $260 million over the next 10 years beginning in 2018, and has a $25 million team option, or $10 million buyout, for 2028.
No team has informed the Marlins that it'd be willing to pay the full amount of Stanton's remaining salary, Nightengale reports.
ESPN's Buster Olney lists the Giants, Phillies and Cardinals, along with the seven other clubs, including the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, as potential suitors for Stanton should the Marlins elect to move the four-time All-Star.
-- Alex Tekip