When it comes to the Marlins' desire to trade reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and the $295 million still on his contract, you can be forgiven for thinking that it's the Giants or Cardinals or bust for the slugger. After all, those two teams have reportedly agreed to general parameters of a deal with the Marlins, and it's up to Stanton to decide whether he'll waive his no-trade clause in order to go to San Francisco or St. Louis. Consider this, though, a necessary reminder ...

Yep: The Los Angeles Dodgers, lest we forget, remain very much on the periphery of the Stanton trade talks, and as the tweet above says, the Giants see them as a real threat. So when it comes to this perhaps under-reported wrinkle, let's lay out some essential takeaways when it comes to the Dodgers and their fitness as a destination for Stanton:

The Dodgers are reportedly Stanton's top choice

Stanton is a native of Southern California, and he makes his offseason home in the Hollywood Hills. He has already stated that he prefers to play on the West Coast, and according to a number of reports the Dodgers are his preferred destination. That makes sense, of course, given his roots in the area, and it also makes sense for a contention-starved talent to have designs on a club that has won five straight division titles and is fresh off a pennant. All of that's important because ...

Stanton has a full no-trade clause

You know this, of course, and it's why teams in pursuit of Stanton must not only strike a deal with the Marlins but also persuade Stanton to approve said deal.