The San Francisco Giants are seen as a very early favorite for Giancarlo Stanton, the superstar who is expected to be shopped this year. Stanton, who said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday night that he would be meeting with Marlins brass after the World Series, has the ultimate decision-making power in where he lands with his complete no-trade clause, and the Giants are viewed among the preferred destinations. While Stanton, who told FanRag Sports last month that he isn’t up for another rebuild, has kept quiet all his preferences, people who know him say the Giants would likely be high on his list despite their uncharacteristically poor 2017 season. Sources suggest the Marlins and Giants haven’t spoken about the slugging superstar yet this winter, but new Marlins boss Derek Jeter is presumably just waiting to have his confab with Stanton to see where he stands before beginning the process. The Marlins know this is a major undertaking, the likely centerpiece to a winter where they hope to cut their payroll by tens of millions, from the $115 million range to around $85 million to $90 million, as they rebuild and remake things. The Giants, Cardinals and Phillies were the most interested pursuers this summer – though then Marlins ownership made clear at the time there was no intention to trade Stanton while the sale of the franchise was proceeding. Of the three, the deep suspicion is that the Giants would suit Stanton most. The Marlins are not only looking to cut payroll after losing a reputed $60 million-plus this year, but to rebalance their team and bolster a weak pitching situation at the major- and minor-league levels. While the Marlins spent a franchise record $115 million on player payroll this year, natural raises for rising stars could bring it to $130 million, or more, this year. So there is much work to do. Stanton is the natural one to trade as his salary more than doubles to $25 million on his backloaded deal this year, but if they somehow can’t find a deal for him – the no-trade clause is a factor, remember – they might have to look at deals for more cost-efficient stars like Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, who are due smaller raises but will be making significant dollars in coming years.