Four teams seem most in­ter­ested in Bum­gar­ner

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Jon Becker, The Mer­cury News

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.

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