Giancarlo Stanton loves to play at AT&T Park, and Shohei Ohtani loves Buster Posey’s “great aura.” Those were two of the takeaways in the Giants’ meetings with the two players they’re pursuing the most, according to general manager Bobby Evans in a Chronicle interview on Wednesday. Evans confirmed the Giants came to terms with the Marlins on a trade for Stanton that has contingencies, including the right fielder approving it. The Giants and Cardinals have been the most aggressive pursuers, though it’s believed Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, is holding out for his hometown Dodgers to engage in serious talks. Evans also confirmed Stanton was in attendance when the Giants met with his camp last Thursday in Los Angeles. “He was very impressive,” Evans said. “Very attentive and responsive, and he had a good feel for what he wanted to hear from us. Obviously, this is a unique opportunity for him that he takes seriously and wants to do his homework. He commented on AT&T being one of his favorite parks, complimenting the fans and support we have here. He was very professional and very engaged.” Stanton, 28, is due $295 million over 10 years, and the Marlins want to move his contract while slashing payroll under a new ownership group that features Derek Jeter. Asked about the belief Stanton prefers the Dodgers, Evans said, “I think he’s being very thoughtful about his decision, and it’s an important decision for him because he obviously has a lot vested here. He’s got to make a call on where he feels comfortable going. There’s a lot of personal factors people don’t know about. We don’t necessarily know those personal factors as well.” Ohtani, 23, would be far cheaper. The team he chooses would pay a $20 million posting fee, and the Giants couldn’t pay more than a $300,000 signing bonus, according to international signing rules. The salary would be the major-league minimum of $545,000.
Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton, Ohtani, who comments on Posey’s ‘great aura’
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 6