The trade market for Madison Bumgarner is starting to emerge, and a few teams are involved.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers are teams that have talked with the Giants about Bumgarner.
Madison Bumgarner’s trade market now coming into focus. #Phillies have spoken with #SFGiants about him and have a greater need for a left-handed co-ace with Patrick Corbin signing with rival #Nats. #Brewers are another possible destination. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 4, 2018
Bumgarner is under contract for next season at only $12 million, but he becomes a free agent after that. The 29-year-old has a career 3.03 ERA and is a four-time All-Star. He’s 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in his postseason career and has helped carry the Giants to three World Series titles.
A previous report said the Giants are unlikely to trade Bumgarner, but new team president Farhan Zaidi has said he will not rule it out.
The Phillies could use a lefty ace after missing out on Patrick Corbin. The Brewers pushed the Dodgers to seven games in the NLCS last season and could use a top-end starter.
When you’re a general manager, it’s inevitable that you’re going to make a trade that doesn’t work out. Rarely, though, does one own up to it like Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns did on Friday.
Stearns admitted that his move to acquire Jonathan Schoop from the Baltimore Orioles didn’t work, and even took full responsibility for its failure.
#Brewers GM David Stearns on the Jonathan Schoop trade: “Look, it was a bad deal and that’s on me.”
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) November 30, 2018
The Brewers acquired Schoop hoping he could be a regular middle infielder for them. After the trade, however, he hit just .202 in 46 games and went 0-for-8 in the playoffs. Perhaps Stearns could have seen it coming since Schoop’s old team had benched him a month before trading him, but the admission is better late than never.
The Houston Astros were accused of trying to steal signs through illegal means during both the ALDS and ALCS, but the paranoia has apparently not been limited to the American League.
According to Robert Murray of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers suspect that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been trying to steal their signs in the NLCS with the help of video technology. Brewers catcher Erik Kratz has openly discussed the way his team has tried to mix signals to prevent the Dodgers from picking them up with runners on second, but there have been hints that Milwaukee suspects the espionage has gone beyond what’s legal.
“You’ve seen a couple times where something looks a little bit off,” pitcher Zach Davies said. “That’s something that’s part of the game. When you start using technology and when you start using guys outside of the baseball team to try to figure out what set of signs a pitcher is using, that’s a little … that kind of crosses the line.”
While the Brewers have not come out and said it, sources told Murray they at one point noticed a Dodgers coach running from the hallway into the dugout whenever a runner reached second. That could, in theory, mean the coach was consulting a video feed and then relaying what he saw to the baserunner. While the Brewers don’t have any hard evidence, they relayed their concerns to Major League Baseball.
“They use video people to get sequences,” one source told Murray. “It’s known throughout the league. MLB knows it’s an issue.”
Whether all of these allegations we have heard are true or not, MLB knows there are some things that need to be addressed during the offseason. There has been way too much talk about cheating, and the Astros got off without penalty despite what sounded like some blatant attempts to bend the rules. Having the integrity of the game called into question is never a good thing, especially on the biggest stage.
The Milwaukee Brewers tried to pull a fast one in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday, but Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not fall for the ruse.
The Brewers controversially had lefty Wade Miley start the game, though he only faced one batter before being pulled. The reason for the move was Milwaukee tried to get the Dodgers to stack a more unfavorable lineup of all right-handed hitters to begin the game. However, the Dodgers were wise to the trick.
FOX MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal reported during the third inning that he asked the Dodgers about what the Brewers did with their starter and was told that “maybe [the Dodgers] suspected something was up.”
When the Dodgers faced Miley in Game 2 of the series, they started all right-handed hitters. For Game 5, they used two lefties — Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy — even batting Bellinger in the leadoff spot. They kept Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp on the bench.
The Dodgers likely would not have started Bellinger and Muncy if they genuinely thought they would be facing a left-handed pitcher for most of the game.
Maneuvers like this one from Milwaukee may lead MLB to look more carefully at implementing a rule, which is something they are considering.
The Milwaukee Brewers pulled a fast one on the Los Angeles Dodgers with their Game 5 pitching decision.
The Brewers had announced left-hander Wade Miley as their Game 5 starter on short rest, and did indeed send him out to pitch to leadoff man Cody Bellinger. After walking him, Brewers manager Craig Counsell promptly replaced him with right-handed reliever Brandon Woodruff.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, this was all planned.
Removing Miley was Brewers’ plan. He will start Game 6.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 17, 2018
The belief is that Counsell announced Miley as the starter to entice the Dodgers into running out their righty-heavy lineup against the left-handed pitcher, then brought in a right-hander to neutralize it. Naturally, the strategy was wildly controversial and got a lot of responses on Twitter.
This might be a good idea and it might not be, but remember, the alternative here was Wade Miley on short rest. You got to screw with the Dodgers by misleading them about who was starting, and you don't actually have to have Wade Miley on short rest. Well, yeah. Why not
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 17, 2018
back in my day starting pitchers went much deeper into games
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) October 17, 2018
I'm assuming Wade Miley is now going to start Game 6 and Craig Counsell mostly just did this to get the Dodgers to stack the lineup with righties. But now I'm curious what he would have done if Dave Roberts hadn't moved a left-handed bat (Cody Bellinger) into the leadoff spot?
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) October 17, 2018
Bizarro move deserves a bizaarro stat:
Wade Miley is 1st pitcher in MLB history to start a postseason game, face one batter, get no outs and leave the game.
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) October 17, 2018
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 17, 2018
I mean to be fair you just gotta get Brandon Woodruff’s bat in the lineup as soon as possible
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 17, 2018
Full highlights of Wade Miley's Game 5 start: pic.twitter.com/0OrhcTix7p
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 17, 2018
Smart move by Counsell. Obvious that Wade Miley just didn’t have it today.
— Ned2point0 (@Ned2point0) October 17, 2018
The Brewers have played fast and loose with their starting pitching announcements all postseason, prompting some to call for a rule change requiring them to disclose their starter in advance of each playoff game. Such a rule would do nothing to prevent strategies like this one, however.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ 6-5 win in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday night was costly to more than just the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Brewers’ victory gave them their 12th win in a row, which earned free hamburgers for the city from George Webb restaurants.
As soon as the game ended, the restaurant tweeted that the promotion would take place on Thursday, Oct. 18.
They did it!!! (We always knew they would!) In honor of George Webb’s famous prediction, we will be giving away FREE BURGERS* on Thursday, 10/18 from 2PM to 6PM. Plus, we’ll have special pricing on other menu items including fries, soft drinks, and more. *Limit 1 per person. pic.twitter.com/gpApnsNl8H
— George Webb (@George_Webb) October 13, 2018
Since 1965, George Webb has been offering the free burgers promotion in the state of Wisconsin for either the Brewers or Braves (who used to be in Milwaukee) if they won 12 in a row. The feat has only been achieved once — in 1987 — but it’s happening again.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell knew what was at stake entering the game.
“Who knew that we would make it this far,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, “and the biggest piece of stress going into this game would be George Webb’s hamburgers?”
According to MLB.com, the last time the promo happened, the restaurant gave away 170,000 burgers! How many will they give away this time?
The Milwaukee Brewers have advanced to the NLCS despite not having a clear ace, and that leads to a tremendous amount of uncertainty over who they will have on the mound in certain spots in the playoffs. Some of the mystery surrounding their pitching situation may be created for strategy purposes, and it sounds like that is becoming a bit of an issue.
MLB teams are not technically required to name their starting pitcher until lineup cards are exchanged, but teams almost always give each other at least 24 hours notice. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Milwaukee’s delay in announcing starters is “drawing the attention of rival clubs and Major League Baseball” and could result in a rule being implemented that requires teams to announce their starting pitchers a certain amount of time in advance during the postseason.
The Brewers plan to announce their starters for Game 1 and 2 on Thursday, but Rosenthal notes that there could be an “embarrassing back-and-forth” if they decide to hold off. The Dodgers could then refuse to name their starter for a particular game until the last second, though it is believed they would only do that if they think Milwaukee is trying to gain a competitive advantage.
To this point, the Brewers’ unique strategy of using their bullpen in non-traditional spots has paid off.