Friday was not a good day for the Giants. First came the reports from SiriusXM’s Craig Mish and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will not approve a trade to the Giants or St. Louis, but would go to the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs or Houston. Early Friday afternoon came word that Japanese star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani has decided to join the Los Angeles Angels. According to The Associated Press, agent Nez Balelo said the 2016 Japanese MVP “felt a true bond with the Angels.” The Angels will make a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters. Ohtani will sign a minor league contract and can receive up to $2,315,000 in international bonus money. Ohtani was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA this year, and was slowed by thigh and ankle injuries. He hit .332 in 65 games with eight homers and 31 RBIs. The Giants had an undisclosed deal in place with the Miami Marlins to acquire Stanton — as did the Cardinals — but the outfielder had considerable leverage in his future destination with a full no-trade clause. After a face-to-face meeting with Stanton and his representatives last Friday in Los Angeles, the Giants’ wait began. But as the days passed, it became more and more evident Stanton was looking elsewhere, including toward his hometown Dodgers. Stanton grew up in Sherman Oaks, a suburb in west L.A. While there could be some scant hope that Stanton could change his mind about San Francisco if the four teams he has approved for a possible trade can’t make a deal with the Miami Marlins, the Giants can’t afford to wait an inordinate amount of time for a more favorable answer. Coming off a 98-loss season, they still have not made a significant off-season move in advance of Monday’s start to the MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Giants go 0-for-2 on Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani
San Jose Mercury News | Dec 8