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Dodgers, Padres to play in Mexico in May 2018

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The Dodgers and Padres will play a three-game regular season series in Monterrey, Mexico May 4-6 next year, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Padres will be the home team. Major League Baseball is expected to make an official announcement on Monday.

MLB plans to have six regular season series played in Mexico over the next four seasons. Furthermore, Shaikin notes, MLB also plans to open the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia, and a regular season series will be played in the United Kingdom during those seasons as well. Assuming Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium is repaired following hurricane damage, the Indians and Twins will play there in April 17-18 next season.

Dodgers and Padres players will receive a $15,000 bonus for playing internationally, per the latest collective bargaining agreement. Non-player personnel will receive a $40,000 bonus, per Shaikin. That includes managers, coaches, trainers, and clubhouse staffers.

Giants, Cardinals reportedly have offers on the table for Giancarlo Stanton

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We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.

The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;

The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?

UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:

Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.