But the Dodgers, who paid $113.5 million in competitive balance tax penalties from 2013-16 and are estimated to pay more than $30 million this season, might be hesitant to commit to Stanton, who has $295 million and 10 years remaining on his contract.
Stanton would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for any deal to proceed.
One team that is showing decreased interest in Stanton is the Boston Red Sox, as SiriusXM's Craig Mish reports they have made a decision to end their pursuit of him. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs.More news: North Korea: US 'begging' for war with 'largest ever' joint aerial drill
Meantime, the rival Giants are hoping Stanton determines San Francisco would suit him as a runner-up choice.
ESPN's Buster Olney reported Friday that the Giants met with Stanton's representatives in Los Angeles on Thursday. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline. The Marlins approved the meeting so Major League Baseball tampering rules were satisfied as the Giants try to determine whether or not Stanton would agree to a trade.
As of Sunday, the Dodgers and Marlins were still in contact regarding Stanton, but have not made progress toward a deal, according to one source.More news: Mark Zuckerberg's sister sexually harassed on flight, Alaska Airlines launches investigation
The Marlins are under new ownership.
That being said, it still remains unclear what the Marlins would target in a deal with the Cardinals.More news: Former Yemen rebel ally Saleh calls for talks with Saudi Arabia