With free agency on the horizon at the end of this season, San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is thought to be a prime candidate to be dealt this July at the trade deadline. During 51 meetings at the plate, Bumgarner held Puig to a.217 batting average, .685 OPS, two home runs, and three RBI.
Adding Bumgarner would give Philadelphia not only a veteran lefty in the starting rotation, but a three-time World Series victor with tremendous postseason success.
While there is still plenty of time left in the baseball season since it's only the middle of May, San Francisco isn't exactly off to the best of starts, as they now sit on the bottom of the NL West.
What gives? Why would a player the caliber of Bumgarner, who is known for how he competes in October in a World Series run choose to list so many title contenders on his no-trade list? Rosenthal later explained that Bumgarner's contract allows him to block trades to eight teams.
According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Madison Bumgarner's list has nothing to do with what teams he wouldn't want to play for, but more of a strategic list based on his own control.
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With his desire to get back in the playoffs, the list is more team's he knows will be after his services, than team's he not interested in.
The Red Sox don't look like a great fit for Bumgarner considering their deep rotation, but an injury could change things quickly.
The San Francisco Giants are set for a rebuild. If a team signs a free agent who rejected a qualifying offer, it has to forfeit one or more Major League Baseball draft picks, which can sometimes hurt a free agent's value.
Rosenthal said "Bumgarner chose teams strategically", and his list includes potential suitors and "not teams he wants to avoid".