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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.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.