Schulman believes that the Giants may have an answer on Stanton, and the fate of Japanese sensation Shohei Otani, who put the Giants on his shortlist of teams, before next Monday.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers have reported issues with adding Stanton's contract and going over the luxury tax. Stanton is from Sherman Oaks, grew up a Dodger fan and also owns a home in the Hollywood Hills. The Giants are among seven teams Ohtani is considering signing with. Though he has an opt-out clause for 2020, Miami doesn't want to chance it. He still has quite a few years left and doesn't want to waste them in Miami. They'd like to get under that that bar at some point, so as to reset their penalty clock (the penalties get steeper the more consecutive years you're above the cutoff). All of that is a real impediment, even for a team with coffers as deep as the Dodgers'.
According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, the full trade offer from the Giants includes $250 million of Stanton's contract and top prospects Tyler Beede, Heliot Ramos, Chris Shaw, and Christian Arroyo. When asked specifically about absorbing the majority of that contract, Evans didn't address it.
Earlier this week Stanton and his representatives met with executives of both the Giants and the Cardinals, Stanton was present in the meetings. That's perhaps why the Dodger front office is "slow playing" this to an extent.
San Francisco is looking to bounce back from a surprising season that ended with a last-place finish the NL West at 64-98.