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Marlins storylines ahead of Winter Meetings

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MIAMI -- Thanksgiving is over, and the Marlins were relatively quiet during the holiday weekend.

Aside from coming to terms with infielder Yadiel Rivera and outfielder J.B. Shuck on non-roster deals with invitations to Spring Training, Miami didn't make any organizational-shifting moves during the break.

MIAMI -- Thanksgiving is over, and the Marlins were relatively quiet during the holiday weekend.

Aside from coming to terms with infielder Yadiel Rivera and outfielder J.B. Shuck on non-roster deals with invitations to Spring Training, Miami didn't make any organizational-shifting moves during the break.

Those types of deals are still expected, and momentum should again pick up leading into the Dec. 10-14 Winter Meetings.

MLB.com breaks down the top storylines for the Marlins coming out of the Thanksgiving break.

Market for Giancarlo Stanton
What's next for the National League Most Valuable Player Award winner remains the most pressing topic of the Hot Stove season. Activity appeared to be building up heading into Thanksgiving, with the Giants and Cardinals seemingly emerging as the frontrunners for Stanton's services. They still appear to be, and it remains cloudy as to whether other teams are as seriously involved. It's been relatively quiet regarding the Dodgers, and at least six to eight clubs have touched base with Miami.

Video: Stanton caps off historic 2017 with NL MVP Award

The fact that the process is taking a while is not surprising because of all the layers involved in trading Stanton. First and foremost is his salary -- $25 million in 2018, and $295 million remaining over the next 10 years. Plus, he has a full no-trade clause, and can opt out after 2020. There's speculation that the outfielder said no to possible trades to both the Giants and Cardinals in July of this past season. But that was then, and the slugger has not said publicly whether or not that happened, nor has anyone in his camp indicated that Stanton would balk at a trade to either of those clubs now.

St. Louis interested in Brad Ziegler?
Add Ziegler to the list of players the Marlins have discussed with the Cardinals. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cards have talked with Miami for the reliever with the submarine-style throwing motion. The 38-year-old had an up-and-down season for the Marlins, posting a 4.79 ERA. He also spent time on the disabled list with a back issue. Ziegler is due $9 million in 2018, and Miami is certainly open to making a trade.

Video: ATL@MIA: Ziegler induces a double play to end game

Listening on Marcell Ozuna
The Marlins have no urgency to trade Ozuna, a two-time All-Star who could make about $10 million in arbitration next year. The outfielder isn't a free agent until 2020, is affordable, and will have a big trade market even if he's dealt as a rental in July of 2019. Don't look for that to happen.

Video: Marcell Ozuna wins Silver Slugger Award

Ozuna's market is at its highest right now, and the team understands it will be difficult to sign him to a long-term contract. If St. Louis doesn't land Stanton, Ozuna is a potential trade fit there, and the Cards would certainly be interested. But so would any club looking for a middle-of-the-order right-handed power hitter who was an All-Star, NL Silver Slugger and NL Gold Glove Award winner in 2017.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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