The San Francisco Giants entered Tuesday just 2.5 games back in the NL wild card hunt following their surge in the month of July, but they are still entertaining the idea of trading away their best pitcher.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants are discussing a potential Madison Bumgarner trade with the Houston Astros.
Source says Giants and Astros "engaged" on Bumgarner. Amount of traction unclear.
The Astros already have one of the best rotations in baseball, and adding Bumgarner would position them incredibly well to make a World Series run. The left-hander has a no-trade clause in his contract that includes the Astros, so he would have to approve a deal if the two teams agreed to one.
Bumgarner has made it clear he does not want to be traded, so his no-trade list could actually complicate things if the Giants decide to move him. It would also be a tough sell for the fans with the team still in the playoff hunt, but Bumgarner is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. If the Giants don’t think they have enough to win a title this year, this may be their best chance to get maximum value in return for the former World Series MVP.
Madison Bumgarner has been arguably the biggest name to watch leading up to the MLB trade deadline, but the way the San Francisco Giants have come alive recently has most people thinking the left-hander is no longer for sale.
The Giants have won 16 of their last 19 games and now have a very real shot at making the playoffs. One rival executive told Jon Heyman of Fancred that there is “no way” they will trade Bumgarner amid their impressive streak.
Few see MadBum going anywhere now. Things can change in a hurry but this is typical from rival exec: “No way Giants can sell, they’re on fire.”
With their comeback win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, the Giants improved to 51-50 and are above .500 for the first time all season. While they have almost no chance of catching the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, they’re suddenly just two games out in the wild card race. Trading their best pitcher at a time like this would be a bad message to send to the fans and players in the clubhouse.
Even if the Giants did want to trade Bumgarner, it sounds like he is going to do everything he can to prevent that from happening. The 2014 World Series MVP is 5-7 on the season with a 3.65 ERA, and he has allowed just five total earned runs in his last six starts.
If you have watched the San Francisco Giants during their hot streak over the past few weeks, you may have noticed players making an unusual sign on the base paths after coming up with a big hit. Now we know the origin.
With the Chicago Cubs leading 3-1 over San Francisco in the fifth inning, Mike Yastrzemski singled and drove in a run to cut the lead to 3-2. He then made a “T” sign with his two index fingers toward his team’s dugout.
What's with the #SFGiants making a two-finger T sign (with both index fingers) after getting a big hit? I think both Vogt and Yaz did it tonight. And I don't think they were calling for a timeout. pic.twitter.com/Sc3wlCF6SF
Catcher Stephen Vogt made the same gesture after one of his big hits, and it turns out he is the reason it started. According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the “T” sign is a reference to Vogt’s popular basketball referee routine.
To answer the question you really want to know, Stephen Vogt started the Giants’ T sign when they get a big hit. It’s a reference to his basketball ref routine. All the young guys love it so much they ran with it.
Vogt does a great impersonation of an enthusiastic basketball official. He went through the routine on MLB Network a few years back, and you can see his technical foul call at the beginning of the video below:
That explains that. The Giants came back to beat the Cubs 5-4, improving their record to above .500 for the first time all season. They have also won 16 of their last 19 games, so whatever they’re doing seems to be working.
The San Francisco Giants have been expected to be sellers all season long, but a late run at the wild card just before the July 31 deadline has changed things.
Giants president Farhan Zaidi wouldn’t go either way when it came to the Giants’ status as sellers or not, stating that assessments would continue over the next ten days.
“It’s impossible to say what the next 10 days are going to present, both in terms of what our opportunity to contend is going to be and continue to be and what opportunities the market is going to present,” Zaidi said, via Chris Haft of MLB.com.
Zaidi added that a Bumgarner trade would “upset” the Giants’ hopes of delivering a successful swan song for retiring manager Bruce Bochy.
It does not sound like Zaidi is eager to trade Bumgarner, and Bumgarner doesn’t sound like he wants to leave. Couple that with the Giants winning 15 of 18 to move back to .500 — and within 2.5 games of the second NL wild card — and Zaidi has a very difficult decision on his hands. Trading Bumgarner at this point would probably be best long-term, but it would also upset the fans and a clubhouse full of players that surely believes they’ve found something and can keep it going for the rest of the season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants almost never consider the possibility of making a trade with one another, and that is not uncommon for two rival teams. It has been more than 10 years since the last time the two clubs swapped players, but that could change this season.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Giants and Dodgers have not ruled out the possibility of working together on a trade involving relief pitcher Will Smith.
The last time the two clubs came together for a trade was 2007. To give you more perspective of how infrequently they deal with one another, Morosi notes that one of the four most recent trades between the two teams involved Jackie Robinson.
The @Dodgers and @SFGiants have traded with one another so infrequently that the fourth most recent deal involved Jackie Robinson going to the New York Giants in 1956 — which was later voided. @MLBNetwork@MLB
Why the change? Possibly because Farhan Zaidi, who is now leading the Giants, spent the previous five seasons working for the Dodgers and likely has a good relationship with their front office. He is also probably open to helping his team in any way possible.
The Giants are in last place in the NL West, while the Dodgers lead the division with an MLB-best 54 wins and are looking for bullpen help. Smith, 29, is having the best season of his major league career with a 2.01 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings. San Francisco has just 33 wins, and the left-hander has 20 saves in 20 opportunities.
Carl Yastrzemski is, of course, one of the greatest Boston Red Sox of all time, so Mike has some big family shoes to fill. The younger Yastrzemski has never rated as a top prospect, but was hitting .316 in Triple-A with 12 home runs.
Yastrzemski gets the call in the same season that the Toronto Blue Jays called up Cavan Biggio, son of Craig. Plus, there is, of course, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his exploits since being called up for the first time.
The San Francisco Giants had a bit of a mess to clean up after one of their pitchers publicly blasted them while claiming that the front office had him fake an injury.
Pitcher Derek Holland accused the San Francisco front office of having him fake an injury that landed him on the injured list at the end of April in a longer quote about his frustration with roster handling.
Holland: "To be honest, I have no idea what they’re doing. And I don’t mean that by Boch and them, it’s more for the front office. We keep changing things. I get a fake injury, so I’m not happy about that. But at the end of the day, I’m going to do whatever they ask me to do." https://t.co/4KVqTtUr2h
On Sunday, the Giants did damage control, submitting documents and MRIs to Major League Baseball to prove that Holland’s stint on the IL was legitimate.
The #SFGiants have provided documented medical reports and MRIs to #MLB today to show evidence that Derek Holland did not go on the injured list earlier this season with a ‘fake injury’ as Holland described it Saturday night after being told he’s being demoted to the bullpen.
At 16-23, the Giants are dead last in the NL West, and there is chatter about star players being traded. This is the latest chaotic development in what is quickly shaping up to be a lost and messy season for a team that was once a regular contender every year.
Bee delays happen from time to time during spring training games. It’s a lot rarer for this to take place during the regular season, especially in a northern city, and both teams will be urgently hoping that’s the end of that.
Pillar is off to a slow start with just one hit in 16 at-bats this season. He’s a career .260 hitter who can provide some pop, as he hit 15 home runs in 2018 and 16 the year before. He should give the Giants some solid outfield depth at an inexpensive price.