Stanton trade talk has intensified since the end of the 2017 season, as the Marlins are under new ownership.
The team that offers the best package for Stanton will win over Miami.
Stanton would undoubtedly improve the Red Sox offense, but at what cost? Perhaps there's some flexibility in that stance, but Stanton's preference is a factor.
However, this being the Hot Stove season and all, NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich filed a report a short time later that says Stanton has not ruled out the Red Sox and is keeping an open mind.
The Cardinals and Giants have most frequently been associated with a move for Stanton during the early part of the offseason.
And according to ESPN's Buster Olney, Miami's asking price for Stanton could scare some potential suitors away.
"Some rival execs view the Marlins' prospect asking price for Giancarlo Stanton as shockingly high and somewhat out of touch with reality, and not discounted almost enough given the whopping $295 million he's owed (with the forthcoming out clause after the 2020 season)", Olney tweets. In addition to hitting.281, Stanton set career highs with 59 home runs, 132 RBI and 123 runs scored, making him a leading National League MVP candidate.