SP Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Stats: 5 GS, 1-3, 3.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 30 K, 32.0 IP
Could the All-Star Game be the last time Madison Bumgarner wears a San Francisco Giants jersey?
It’s not out of the realm of possibility given his standing as the team’s most valuable trade chip and his status as one of the team’s most recognizable players.
The numbers he’s posted over five starts so far this season are not elite by any means, but they’re solid, and that might be enough to earn him a spot on the roster.
After all, veteran left-hander J.A. Happ was the Toronto Blue Jays lone All-Star representative last season, and he had a less-than-spectacular 4.29 ERA and 1.19 WHIP at the break.
A few years back, we saw Jeff Samardzija named to the NL All-Star team, only to be traded to the Oakland Athletics before the All-Star Game, which left him wearing a neutral jersey and watching from the sidelines during the festivities.
That’s also not completely out of the question, which would then leave the Giants with only a de-facto All-Star and no one to play in the game.
At any rate, Bumgarner is a four-time All-Star with the respect of players and coaches around the league.
That’s enough to consider him one of the more likely candidates
Odds: 25 percent