Marlins continue talks on potential Stanton deal –

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San Francisco, which is in need a power bat, has had several conversations with Miami leading into the GM Meetings, gauging the level of prospects that it would take to complete a deal.

It’s no secret the Marlins’ biggest need is starting pitching, but for Stanton, the club is seeking the best overall package, even if it includes position players.

According to the Miami Herald, talks between the Marlins and Boston “may be heating up.”

How quickly a trade could materialize for Stanton is anyone’s guess. The 28-year-old, who led the Majors in home runs (59) and RBIs (132), has a full no-trade clause, so he has a direct say in where he’d like play.

Of the four teams that have been revealed so far, the Cardinals and Red Sox have shown in the past a willingness to strike early, getting a jump on the market. These are two clubs that may want to accelerate the process between the GM Meetings and December’s Winter Meetings.

Under new ownership, the Marlins are looking to trim payroll, while reshaping their roster, which is why Stanton is available after having an MVP-worthy season.

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The organization is at a crossroads because it has core position players like Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon and J.T. Realmuto, but they are thin on pitching, as well as overall organizational depth.

The Marlins are ready to build, but they don’t appear to want to go into a complete rebuild. So, they could move at least some, but not all, of their core.

For now, sources say Miami has not had

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