"Unfortunately we were not able to convince Stanton to waive his no-trade clause and join the Cardinals", team president John Mozeliak wrote.
Stanton, 28, exercised his full no-trade clause on Friday, telling both the Giants and Cardinals that he wouldn't be headed to San Francisco or St. Louis in a trade. Perhaps the Giants could sway him if they landed Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani.
Since Stanton would now approve a trade to the Yankees, it would behoove NY to at least continue to inquire about what it would take to get him.
It's been long rumored that Stanton, who is from Southern California, would like to be on the Dodgers (the rest of the NL definitely doesn't want that to happen). Stanton is due to make $25 million in 2018.
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But this time I believe they'll stick to the plan, and they'll be justified this time around, as loaded as they are on young talent. And depending what else the Yankees might want to add this winter, whether it's another pitcher or a hitter, they might have to unload another salary in a deal with the Marlins, perhaps Chase Headley or Starlin Castro.
Bottom line, Yankee people and other execs believe that Stanton eventually will force his way to Los Angeles, which seems to be his preferred destination.
It's doubtful that Theo Epstein is a fan of Stanton's deal that figures to get ugly on the back half, and the Cubs likely want to leave money open to make a run at Bryce Harper next offseason (Harper is younger than Stanton and his game figures to age better, particuarly on defense).
Earlier this week, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Miami had not decided whether to trade Stanton, who is still owed $295 million over the final decade of his record $325 million, 13-year contract.