The San Francisco Giants are at the starting stages of a rebuild. And while they’re not entertaining offers for catcher Buster Posey just yet, there’s one other name floating around. That would be ace Madison Bumgarner, of course. According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Giants are willing to listen. Right now, he’s reporting that three teams have interest.
“The Brewers and Phillies are among the teams that have had at least preliminary dialogue about trading for Bumgarner,” Morosi writes.
But again — we said three teams, remember?
“…The Braves also checked in with the Giants regarding Bumgarner earlier this offseason, but there are no active talks or optimism for a trade with Atlanta,” he continues.
Due $12 million this coming season, Bumgarner will hit free agency following the 2019 campaign. At 29 years old (he’ll be 30 in August), the Giants figure to get a pretty decent package in return for him. After all, this is one of the better pitchers in the game that we’re talking about. Especially if he’s healthy. One-year rental or not, he’d be a real upgrade for any team with interest.
This past season, injuries would limit him to just under 130 innings of work. And across them, for what it’s worth, he did put up some of his worst career numbers to date. Not in terms of ERA (3.26), but FIP (3.95) and DRA (4.47). That last number, his deserved run average, was by far a career-worst. His previous low? 3.76…all the way back in 2010.
In 2017, an injury that was his fault (and his alone) limited him to just 111 innings. That season, he finished with a 3.32 ERA, 3.96 FIP and 3.36 DRA. For his career, those numbers sit and 3.03, 3.25 and 3.07 respectively. During his decade-long MLB career, Bumgarner has made the All-Star Game four times. He’s a three-time World Series champion and a World Series MVP. And despite his bad injury luck over the past two seasons, none of it has been shoulder- or arm-related.
Even though we don’t know where he’ll land, we don’t expect the Giants to keep Bumgarner through the season. We just assume he’ll be a big help wherever he lands.