The Front-Runner: New York Yankees
The Yankees always seem to be in win-now mode, with a payroll that is consistently among the highest in baseball and a willingness to pull the trigger on prospect-for-veteran trades at the deadline.
They also happen to be in a position where starting pitching seems to be the only thing that they really need to upgrade at the moment. The offense is one of the best in baseball and finally getting healthy, ranking among the top ten in the majors in batting average, home runs, and RBI. And while any bullpen could use a few extra reliable arms, Aroldis Chapman and Adam Ottavino have been a dynamic late-inning duo and they have plenty of other quality arms.
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As for the rotation, James Paxton and CC Sabathia have both missed time this season, while ace Luis Severino has yet to make his 2019 debut and is not expected to return until sometime after the All-Star break.
Bumgarner would add the necessary depth and experience that the injury-riddled Yankees rotation needs in order to make a deep playoff run.
Meanwhile, if the Yankees are willing to part with recently optioned slugger Clint Frazier, there’s a good chance that would meet the value that Farhan Zaidi has placed on his ace. Many around the league believe that he will be a centerpiece when New York inevitably trades for a starting pitcher.
The current AL East leaders may ask for the San Francisco Giants to take on a decent chunk of Bumgarner’s remaining salary, which shouldn’t be a sticking point if the return is good enough. If the Yankees decide to not go for guys like Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) and Matthew Boyd (Tigers), it is very likely that Bumgarner will be sporting pinstripes come August.
So there you have it, a closer look at the how the market for San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is lining up this summer.