MLB Hot Stove: The four biggest questions heading into the 2017 GM Meetings –

This week is an important one in the Hot Stove season. The major award winners will be announced, plus the annual general manager meetings will take place in Orlando, Florida. 

The GM meetings generally cover off-field matters, though anytime you put all 30 general managers in one place, deals are inevitable. Two years ago the Andrelton Simmons trade went down at the GM meetings, for example, and often the groundwork is laid for deals that are completed later in the offseason. 

Here are the four biggest storylines going into the 2017 GM Meetings:

Where will Stanton end up? Giancarlo Stanton’s future is very much up in the air. USATSI

It is becoming increasingly likely NL MVP candidate (favorite?) and dinger mashing machine Giancarlo Stanton will no longer be with the Marlins when the 2018 season begins. The new Derek Jeter-led ownership group is reportedly determined to slash payroll, and there’s no easier or quicker way to do that than by trading your highest paid player.

Stanton trade chatter is already dominating headlines. The Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox and Phillies are said to be most involved — the Cardinals and Red Sox especially — and you know teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Astros will throw their hat in the ring before long. I imagine the other 29 teams will all give the Marlins a call at some point. Stanton just turned 28 and he’s a cornerstone type player. Everyone wants him.

Trades of this magnitude usually take time, and of course a bidding war would benefit the Marlins, so it would be surprising if Stanton was dealt during the GM meetings this week. In all likelihood, the Marlins will meet face-to-face with prospective suitors, name their price and begin the negotiation process in earnest.

Will Otani

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