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Giancarlo Stanton’s decision expected by the end of this week

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants expect a decision from Giancarlo Stanton “by the end of the week.” Given that the entire process is being driven by Stanton’s decision on whether or not to waive his no-trade clause, that expectation is likely universal for all the teams in negotiations with the Marlins.

Miami reportedly has the framework of trades in place with both San Francisco and the St. Louis Cardinals,though Pavlovic says the Giants “continue to view” the Dodgers, not the Cardinals, as their biggest threat to land Stanton. There have been no reports about what the Dodgers would be willing to send to Miami, but given that Stanton is driving the bus here, and given that he’s a Los Angeles native who is reported to prefer going to the Dodgers, one cannot discount this chatter. If nothing else, it’d be in the Dodgers interests to appear to be in on Stanton if, for no other reason, than to get the division-rival Giants to give up more in order to obtain the 2017 MVP.

The Winter Meetings begin on Monday. If this deal is done beforehand, it should break a logjam that has prevented much hot stove action from going down so far this offseason.

Sandy Alderson thinks Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues

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Based on his track record so far I don’t think Tim Tebow deserves to play in the major leagues on the merits. Not even close. But then again, I’m not the general manager of the New York Mets, so I don’t get a say in that.

Sandy Alderson is the general manager, so his say carries a lot of weight. To that end, here’s what he said yesterday:

Noting the Tebow experiment has “evolved” into something greater, general manger Sandy Alderson on Sunday said, “I think he will play in the major leagues.”

To be fair, Alderson is pretty up front about the merits of Tebow’s presumed advancement to the bigs at some point. He didn’t say that it’s because Tebow has played his way up. He said this:

“He is great for the team, he is great for baseball, he was phenomenal for minor league baseball last year. The notion that he should have been excluded from the game because he is not coming through the traditional sources, I think is crazy. This is entertainment, too. And he quietly entertains us . . . He benefits the Mets because of how he conducts himself. He’s a tremendous representative of the organization.”

I take issue with Alderson’s comment about people thinking he shouldn’t be in the game because of his background. Most people who have been critical of the Tebow experiment have been critical because there is no evidence that he’s a good enough baseball player to be given the opportunities he’s been given. I mean, he advanced to high-A last year despite struggling at low-A and he’s going to start at Double-A this year in all likelihood despite struggling in high-A. If he does make the bigs, it will likewise come despite struggles in Double-A and maybe Triple-A too.

That said: I don’t mind if they promote Tebow all the way up as long as they’re being honest about why they’re doing it and aren’t trying to get everyone on board with some cockamamie idea that Tebow belongs on the baseball merits. If they do put him in the majors it’ll be because he’s a draw and a good promotion and because people generally like him and he’s not hurting anyone and I can’t take issue with that.

That’s basically what Alderson is saying here and if that’s the case, great. I mean, not great, because Tebow in the bigs will likely also mean that the Mets aren’t playing meaningful games, but great in the sense of “fine.” Baseball is entertainment too. No sense in pretending it isn’t.