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San Francisco Giants fans are apparently very protective of Madison Bumgarner, and team President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi can attest to this.
During a Thursday night appearance on KNBR’s Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks Podcast, Zaidi said fans have confronted him in the streets of San Francisco about trading the former World Series MVP.
“There are certain guys that it’s hard to imagine a plausible scenario where it makes sense to move a guy,” Zaidi said after being asked if any players — specifically Bumgarner and top prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and Marco Luciano — are considered off-limits at the trade deadline.
“I’ve certainly, in the lovely streets of our city, had fans tell me they’d much rather trade me than our franchise pitcher,” he said. “I think there’s something to that position, but I’ve said since my first day on the job, where we are as an organization, we have to be open to anything.”
The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reported on Wednesday that the Giants have not made a final decision on whether to trade Bumgarner. Most people around the league expect Bumgarner to stay put, barring a trade offer that blows the Giants away.
Zaidi also discussed the Giants’ strategy for next week’s trade deadline, and whether the team is still in the market for another starting pitcher.
“I would still say that is on the list, I think starting pitching help is something everybody this time of year looks for, the depth chart fluctuates a bit,” he said.
As for potentially making a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Zaidi said that’d be difficult given a potential postseason matchup.
“It would be hard for a lot of reasons,” he said. “I do think it kind of is a different thing if we are in full rebuilding mode versus the position that we find ourselves in today, where you may be facing the guys you move to another team.”
If the Giants do get a Wild Card spot, they’ll likely face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS should they win the Wild Card Game. The Dodgers are reportedly interested in a number of Giants relievers.
You can listen to Zaidi’s full KNBR appearance here.
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