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Report: Giants willing to take on all of Giancarlo Stanton’s contract

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Given that the Marlins seem hellbent on shedding payroll, I have speculated for a few days now that the team willing to take on the most of Giancarlo Stanton‘s $295 million contract will be the team to which the Marlins are most likely to trade him. I suspect that’ll be the case even if they offer a lackluster package of players in return.

In light of that, a report came out a few minutes ago that suggests the Giants — clearly in on Stanton since the season ended — are the clear favorites at this point. Why? They’re willing to take it all:

A couple of weeks ago an offer of Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw was reported to have been made by San Francisco. One would think that, if they’re willing to take on all $295 million of the deal, that would be more than sufficient to get things done.

At least if Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, agrees to it.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.