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Report: Giants, Astros discussing Madison Bumgarner trade

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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.

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.

Rival executive: ‘No way’ Giants trade Madison Bumgarner now

Madison Bumgarner

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.

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.

Stephen Vogt, Giants’ T sign on bases explained

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.

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.

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.

Giants president: ‘Impossible to say’ whether Bumgarner will be traded

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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.

Dodgers, Giants reportedly open to making trade for first time in over 10 years

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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.

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.

Smith should generate plenty of interest on the trade market, so perhaps the Giants will end up favoring another suitor over their cross-state rival. Smith is one of our 10 players to watch leading up to the trade deadline.

Bruce Bochy warns Max Muncy about poking fun at Giants with ‘ocean’ T-shirt

Max Muncy Ocean shirt

Bruce Bochy issued a warning to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers over their T-shirt poking fun at Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Max Muncy took batting practice before Thursday’s game between the Giants and Dodgers in Los Angeles wearing a “Go get it out of the ocean” T-shirt.

The T-shirt was put together a week and a half ago in reference to an incident between Muncy and Bumgarner.

Muncy crushed a “splash hit” home run off Bumgarner in San Francisco that flew out of AT&T Park in right field and into the bay. Bumgarner barked at Muncy not to admire the home run. Muncy explained that he zinged Bumgarner, telling the pitcher to get the ball out of the ocean in response. And like that, a beautiful T-shirt was born.

Fast forward to Thursday, and Muncy dressed for the occasion prior to facing Bumgarner, the Giants’ scheduled starter. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the Dodgers were tempting fate with the shirt.

Get your popcorn ready for this matchup.

Carl Yastrzemski’s grandson called up by Giants

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It has been a pretty big year for debuting MLB rookies with famous family ties, and you can add another name to that list as of Saturday.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl, has been called up by the San Francisco Giants.

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.

Giants deny that Derek Holland faked injury to go in IL

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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.

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.

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.

Reds-Giants game delayed by bee swarm

Monday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds got off to a late start for a very unusual reason.

The game was delayed by roughly 15 minutes due to a swarm of bees on the field in Cincinnati, making it impossible to play.

At one point, Reds outfielder Derek Dietrich dressed up in exterminator gear and took to the field to try to help.

The game ultimately started after the bees moved, though they remained in the vicinity.

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.

Kevin Pillar traded from Blue Jays to Giants

Kevin Pillar

The Toronto Blue Jays have made some moves to rebuild their roster over the past several months, and the latest is trading away veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar.

On Tuesday, the Blue Jays announced that they have traded Pillar to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for three players.

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.