With the San Francisco Giants seven games under .500 and in last place in the NL West, it seems that the franchise has decided to start shopping some of their most valuable veteran players.
According to reports, it appears that one of the players that the Giants will look to move before the July 31st trade deadline is franchise icon Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner, who is in the final season of his current contract, could be acquired as a short-term “rental” by several contending teams that are looking to upgrade their starting pitching in preparation for the playoffs.
The surly lefty is one of the most decorated players in the history of the Giants franchise. He has compiled a 115-90 record with a career 3.10 ERA and 1,706 strikeouts during his time in SF.
In addition, Bumgarner is one of the best playoff pitchers of all time. He was named the World Series MVP in 2014 after a sensational series against the Kansas City Royals and is the owner of a stunning 0.25 career ERA in three career World Series appearances.
This postseason pedigree makes Bumgarner an even more attractive option despite his 2019 struggles. It has been reported that the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and the Houston Astros are potential destinations for the left-hander.
The Giants will have until July 31st to trade Bumgarner in a non-waiver deal.