A contingent of St. Louis Cardinals power brokers traveled to Los Angeles and — like the San Francisco Giants — will make their case that Miami Marlins superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton should consider playing for their team for the next 10 years. What a nice case it is: The Cardinals are one of the most consistently successful teams in recent years (and historically) despite missing the playoffs the last two years. They have a reasonably young team that can be augmented by one of the best collections of prospects who are close to making in impact in the game. The Cardinals are also financially able to do things that are needed. However, it may be a tough sell for the Cardinals, a very tough sell according to some people familiar with the situation. While Marlins bosses would love to ultimately do the deal with the Cardinals – their prospect stash is excellent, and reports by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Craig Mish of Sirius say they might be willing to include a great pitching talent such as Sandy Alcantara – several people connected to the Marlins who know Stanton well suggest they have a hard time seeing Stanton, who has a complete no-trade clause, approve a trade to St. Louis, not when there are more geographically desirable alternatives with winning histories in play. While Stanton himself has said nothing aloud about his desires, beyond his interview here at FanRag and elsewhere that he has no desire to endure another rebuild in Miami, which is obviously what’s happening there, others with connections to the 2017 N.L. MVP have a strong belief St. Louis will not be his first choice – and he obviously has choices. One person said he “didn’t see any way” he’d accept the Cardinals but added the disqualifier that he can’t say he knows for sure. Another opined that he’d “100 percent” take the Giants over the Cardinals if that’s the choice, and yet another suggested the Midwest, behind the most preferred West Coast and East Coast, is his “last choice.” Two others who have some familiarity with the situation gave similar responses. Of course, none of them know for sure (as one pointed out), a lot can change, possibly depending on the presentations. The mere fact that Stanton agreed to have his people meet with the Cardinals has to be taken as a positive sign (no one has said yet whether Stanton himself, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, is in these meetings). The Cardinals, who have made a middle-of-the-order bat a top priority, have been a serious player. The Cardinals people, including GM Michael Girsch and others, are meeting this weekend with Stanton’s people, and the player has obviously given the go-ahead to see what they have to say. The Cardinal meeting was first reported by Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Skepticism remains that Stanton would go to Cards
Fanrag Sports | Dec 2