Thanksgiving week is a time for family, food and ... franchise-changing trades, sometimes.
Michael Hill, the Marlins' president of baseball operations, is no stranger to that combination. In 2005, Turkey Day became trade day for Hill, when the Marlins made two huge deals, sending Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox and Carlos Delgado to the Mets.
"You always know," Hill said last week, "there's the possibility you have to stop carving your turkey and go finish off a deal."
Twelve years later, the Marlins again find themselves in trade talks that would alter the course of the club as they look to trade Giancarlo Stanton. The Giants and Cardinals have both made trade offers for the NL MVP, according to multiple reports, so negotiations have certainly gained momentum since the preliminary talks at the GM Meetings last week.
It's hard to tell, though, when things will get hot and heavy, Thanksgiving or otherwise.
"Everything goes at its own pace," Hill said. "You don't know how things will move once they start to move."
Here's a rundown of the teams said to be interested (in approximate order of perceived likelihood of being Stanton's eventual landing spot) and why each would or wouldn't make sense.
--San Francisco Giants: The Giants have been seen as a favorite to acquire Stanton since the summer for a couple of reasons: their financial might and their geographic location. The working assumption is Stanton, a Southern California native, would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to his native state, though it's worth noting there has been no firm indication of Stanton's actual preferences or thought process.
The names exchanged between the teams, according to Craig Mish of SiriusXM: from the Giants' side, second baseman Joe Panik, pitching prospect Tyler Beede and outfield/first base prospect Chris Shaw; from the Marlins' side, Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon, who Miami is also open to moving this winter. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said those names were "not close to actual framework" for a deal.
--St. Louis Cardinals: Unlike the Giants, whose most attractive trait as a trade partner is ability to take on most of Stanton's money, the Cardinals have a farm system loaded with high-end pitching prospects, which the Marlins love. Mish mentioned one in the Cardinals' offer: right-hander Sandy Alcantara. St. Louis' inventory also included righty Alex Reyes (Cardinals' No. 1 prospect and MLB's No. 14 prospect, according to MLB.com), righty Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 3, MLB's No. 47) and righty Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 8). Alcantara ranks behind those three as the club's No. 9 prospect.