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San Francisco Giants: Outlining the Madison Bumgarner trade market

DENVER, CO - JULY 2: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after being relieved with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 2: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after being relieved with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 06: Gary Sanchez #24 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate after Sanchez hit a three-run home run as teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 watches during the seventh inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 06: Gary Sanchez #24 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate after Sanchez hit a three-run home run as teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 watches during the seventh inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 6, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

Next. How the Giants can ace the 2019 MLB trade deadline

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.

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