Four teams seem most interested in Bumgarner
The trade market for Madison Bumgarner is taking shape, even if four of the clubs reportedly most interested in dealing for the San Francisco Giants starter aren’t ready to confirm they’re part of it.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves, along with the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins from the American League, are among the teams most focused on acquiring Bumgarner, according to Monday’s report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
It’s likely all four of those teams will make the postseason, which would make getting someone like Bumgarner all the more attractive, considering his playoff dominance throughout his career (8-3, 2.11 ERA in 16 games).
Bumgarner had been solid in his previous two starts before having to exit Saturday’s game after two innings when he took a line drive from the Cardinals’ Jose Martinez off his left elbow. He was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion and it’s not expected to be an injury that will preclude him from making his next scheduled start after the All-Star break — Saturday in Milwaukee.
Bumgarner’s not quite eye-popping overall stats — 5-7, 4.03 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and 0.9 WAR — and his impending free agency at the end of the season may prevent the Giants from extracting a huge haul from another team. Not to mention, even with Bumgarner’s recent hot streak he still owns the highest hard-hit rate of any pitcher, according to FanGraphs.