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Report: Giancarlo Stanton’s agents meet with Giants front office officials

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SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that San Francisco Giants executives met with representatives for Giancarlo Stanton in Los Angeles last night in Los Angeles.

A followup report from Joe Frisaro of MLB.com said that, the meeting notwithstanding, reaching agreement on a trade is not considered imminent. It’s hard, however, to imagine that Stanton’s people and the Giants’ people would be meeting unless there was something on the table for Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, to discuss or approve. Often in such situations would-be acquiring clubs are given 24-48 hour windows with which to negotiate with the player in question. It’s not unreasonable, then, to assume that there exists at least a deal in principle between the Marlins and Giants.

Yesterday Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Marlins would be willing to accept second baseman Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw from the Giants if the Giants committed to taking on at least $250 million of Stanton’s salary. It’s a deal that, one would think, San Francisco would make if available.

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.