The Cardinals released a statement Friday delivering the news that the deal had been reached, but Stanton wouldn't approve. Coincidentally, they were the last four teams standing in the Major League Baseball postseason previous year (Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, Astros).
The Marlins have repeatedly said they have no timetable for moving Stanton though things could pick up with the MLB Winter Meetings starting this weekend. It isn't known whether Fowler's availability is dependent on a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, but it makes sense that it might.
Stanton is coming off a monster season in which he hit.281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. Perhaps the Giants could sway him if they landed Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani.
And while the Yankees can afford anything they want, as they've proven over the years, the math doesn't work if they're going to get under that luxury-tax threshold.
According to ESPN.com, a deal for Stanton between the Yankees and the Derek Jeter-led Marlins ownership group would likely include Jacoby Ellsbury (owed $21.1 million in 2018) or Chase Headley ($13 Million) to help NY shoulder Stanton's deal, which pays him $25 million next season.
And even if the Marlins were willing to eat enough of Stanton's contract to make some sort of deal possible, they would then want premium prospects in return, and the Yankees might balk at that idea as well. But the slugger is owed $295 million over the next 10 years, and the Dodgers already have luxury tax concerns; it's why they didn't trade for Justin Verlander at the trade deadline, for example.