ST. LOUIS — Giancarlo Stanton isn't coming to St. Louis.
The Miami Marlins star outfielder and reigning NL MVP will not waive his no-trade clause to join the Cardinals, Chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. and President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said Friday.
"We had an agreement to acquire Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, subject to him waiving his no-trade clause," DeWitt said. "While we are disappointed in his decision, we will continue to make every effort to improve our club for the upcoming season."
Mozeliak said the Cardinals would be a "great landing spot" for Stanton but it "was not meant to be."
Earlier this week, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Miami had not decided whether to trade Stanton, who is still owed $295 million over the final decade of his record $325 million, 13-year contract. Stanton is due to make $25 million in 2018 after he led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs last season.
Stanton has also ruled out the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco and St. Louis had been considered among the favorites to acquire Stanton, whose affinity and ties to Los Angeles also made the Dodgers a top destination — not to mention their five straight NL West titles and runner-up World Series finish.
The eight-year veteran has never played on a winning team, and Stanton has said he didn't want to endure another rebuilding of the Miami roster as Jeter works to cut payroll. On Thursday, the Marlins traded second baseman Dee Gordon to Seattle as the Mariners also acquired $1 million in international bonus pool allocation to make what was their unsuccessful push for Shohei Ohtani.
On Wednesday, Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed on San Francisco's flagship radio station KNBR that the club reached agreement on a potential trade for Stanton after team executives gathered with the outfielder and his representatives in "a good meeting" last week.
San Francisco, which won World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14, is coming off a surprising last-place finish in the NL West at 64-98 to avoid the club's first 100-loss season since 1985.