San Francisco Giants Trade Proposal
To Yankees: LHP Madison Bumgarner
To Giants: OF Clint Frazier, RHP Clarke Schmidt, RHP Yoendrys Gomez
A package of Clint Frazier, Clarke Schmidt, and Yoendrys Gomez looks like the strongest offer I’ve put together thus far in the sell-off series.
If the two teams wanted to get a bit more creative, a bad contract swap of Mark Melancon and Jacoby Ellsbury could also make sense for both sides.
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Ellsbury hasn’t played since October 2017 and Melancon has been a solid middle reliever this season. Both contracts expire after next season, with Ellsbury set to earn $21.1 million and Melancon owed $19 million. Both players have full no-trade clauses, so they would have to agree to the deal.
So what would be the appeal for the Giants?
Taking on that extra $2.1 million, plus the $5 million buyout that Ellsbury is owed in 2021, might be enough for the Giants to extract a better top-tier pitching prospect or the lower-level guy they covet most.
There’s also the matter of Bumgarner’s eight-team no-trade clause, which was strategically stocked with contenders, including the Yankees. While it is unlikely that Bumgarner would reject a trade to the Yankees or any other contender, it will likely take a financial incentive of some sort to get him to waive his no-trade rights.
The Giants and Yankees have long been linked on a potential Madison Bumgarner trade. There are a few hoops the teams will have to jump through, but if Bumgarner is wearing pinstripes come October, the package the Giants receive in return could look something like the above.
Stay tuned for the next edition of the San Francisco Giants sell-off series.