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A Giancarlo Stanton deal is not imminent


Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that a trade involving Giancarlo Stanton “isn’t close to completion.”

Stanton has had meetings with the Giants and Cardinals over the past few days, and it has been reported that a framework for a deal is in place with each team, but Crasnick writes that it’s “a complicated transaction with a lot of moving pieces.” Nothing, of course, happens until Stanton agrees to waive his no-trade clause. Multiple reports have said that Stanton wants to go to the Dodgers and is holding out to see if they enter the sweepstakes, but there is no strong reason to believe they’re particularly interested at present.

The Winter Meetings are next week. In recent years we’ve seen a lot of big deals in the weekend leading up to them, so perhaps things will get moving in the next couple of days.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.