The latest San Francisco Giants have one of the biggest chips on this year’s trade market in starter Madison Bumgarner.
The latest came from Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Wednesday morning:
This is not the first time the Minnesota Twins have been linked to Bumgarner.
With a 51-27 record and an 8.5-game lead in the AL Central, the Twins are clearly in a position to buy this summer, and solidifying the starting rotation around Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson and Martin Perez would no doubt help their postseason outlook.
There have been some rumblings that the Giants might not wait until the deadline to deal Bumgarner, and after a strong showing on Tuesday night where he racked up a season-high 11 strikeouts in six strong innings against the Colorado Rockies, a deal could be coming sooner rather than later.
ATF contributor Marc Delucchi explored what a trade with the Twins might look like as part of his Sell-off Series, and while his suggested trade package built around top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol may ultimately be on the high side, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
It all depends on how many teams are involved in trade talks, how motivated the Giants are to deal quickly, and how much value teams place on a stellar postseason track record.
The next month is going to be a pivotal point in the San Francisco Giants rebuild, and they need to make the most of their top trade chips.
The idea of holding onto Bumgarner if no one is willing to meet their asking price is silly. They need to take the best offer on the table and move on. Sentiment can’t get in the way of improving the long-term outlook of the organization.
With one of the best farm systems in baseball and motivated by a surprise run to the top of the AL Central standings, the Minnesota Twins just might be the team that makes the San Francisco Giants a good enough offer to say goodbye to their homegrown ace.