The hold up is waiting for Stanton to let the Marlins know if he will accept a trade to either team. The question now is whether Stanton will waive his no-trade clause and go along with either. Olney also reported that Stanton's representatives received approval to meet with the Cardinals.
One source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that a Stanton deal was not expected to be completed Sunday.
As Giancarlo Stanton Watch continued through the weekend, the NL MVP is still a Marlin.
The ball reportedly is in Giancarlo Stanton's court.
It was believed the Marlins wouldn't have given either team clearance to speak with Stanton or his agency (Wasserman Group) if deals, or at least frameworks for deals, weren't in place.
The Marlins also want to move Dee Gordon, who's owed $38 million through 2020, and the second baseman would be a nice fit for the Giants, who lack speed.
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. Flaherty is rated as St. Louis' No. 3 prospect, and Alcantara is ninth. But he's taken a deliberate approach in considering his options, in part because he wanted to make sure the Dodgers - his preferred destination - have every opportunity to get involved.
But the Dodgers, who paid $113.5 million in competitive balance tax penalties from 2013-16 and are estimated to pay more than $30 million this season, might be hesitant to commit to Stanton, who has $295 million and 10 years remaining on his contract.