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The Marlins approved the meeting so Major League Baseball tampering rules were satisfied as the Giants try to determine whether or not Stanton would agree to a trade.

The Marlins have deals in place to trade Giancarlo Stanton to either the Giants and Cardinals.

Stanton holds a full no-trade clause and must waive it in order for the Marlins to complete a deal with any team.

Deep down, Giancarlo Stanton wants to be a Dodger. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs.

With the December 11-14 winter meetings approaching, trade talks involving Stanton could come to a head in the coming days as the scaling-down Marlins are eager to shed most, if not all, the remaining $295 million of his contract. Their luxury-tax issues would complicate a potential trade for the slugger.

The Dodgers were still in contact with the Marlins as of Sunday, per Morosi, though the talks haven't progressed as far as those with the Giants or Cardinals. He also was MVP runner-up in 2014 when he led the NL with 37 homers while compiling 105 RBIs.

Morosi reported Thursday the Marlins were prepared to accept Giants second baseman Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw in return for Stanton as long as San Francisco was willing to assume at least $250 million of the remaining $295 million on Stanton's contract.

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