New York Yankees
Despite being banged up with 13 players in the injured list, the Yankees are still just two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East standings.
They recently came into town and swept the Giants, handing Bumgarner his worst start of the season in the process. While it was not a great audition and the Yankees rotation seems solid for now, the starting staff has been unable to go deep into games in recent years in October.
Adding an experienced arm like Bumgarner could help with that, and the Giants hitters attacked the Yankees bullpen well, which could set up a potential package deal for Bumgarner and a reliever.
The Yankees farm system is heavily built around pitching, which is one thing that the Giants don’t necessarily need. With 21 pitchers making up their top 30 prospect list, according to MLB.com, the Giants could turn their attention to MLB outfielder Clint Frazier as a potential centerpiece.
The 24-year-old was hitting .324/.342/.632 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 18 games this season before landing on the IL with an ankle sprain. With team control through the 2023 season, he could be viewed by the Yankees as the long-term answer in left field.
Then again, in a crowded AL playoff picture, would they be willing to part with a potential piece of the future for a chance to win now?