Giants reportedly in ‘sell’ conversations as deadline on Madison Bumgarner, relievers nears

The clock is ticking on Madison Bumgarner. With only hours left before the 1 p.m. PDT Major League Baseball trade deadline, we still have no idea whether the Giants will move their ace.

The latest in a long line of rumors is that the Giants may be ready to deal. Citing a “source,” MLB Network’s Jon Morosi tweeted that the Giants are “having ‘sell’ conversations on their pitchers.” Presumably he’s referring to both Bumgarner and a number of unnamed relievers.

Both the Yankees and Astros are reportedly interested in Bumgarner.

MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reported for the Athletic on Wednesday morning that sources have told him the Giants covet Astros Triple-A infielder Joshua Rojas, ranked as Houston’s No. 22 prospect by MLB.com.

NJ.com reported that New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wants to trade for a starter by the deadline, and that Bumgarner is a potential target.

But MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted that the Giants “are leaning toward to keeping MadBum and star reliever Will Smith.”

On Tuesday, Yahoo reporter Tim Brown, also citing a source, said the Giants and Astros “engaged” on Bumgarner, whatever that means. Rosenthal backed Brown’s report, writing that he’s “hearing same.”

ESPN’s Jeff Passan chimed in that Bumgarner “remains available.”

On Wednesday, ESPN’s David Schoenfield predicted that best Giants pitcher of the decade would remain a Giant.

For how long is another question, however. Bumgarner will become a free agent at the end of the season, so he would be a rental for any team dealing for him. If the Giants don’t move him, they could sign him or let him walk.

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Partly because of the team’s spectacular resurgence in June and July, Giants fans have been mostly against trading their star pitcher, even though the team still has a remote chance of making the playoffs.

Rosenthal tweeted two days ago that Giants lefty starter-turned-reliever Drew Pomeranz was drawing interest and could be traded.

Another reliever mentioned as a trading chip is left-hander Tony Watson.

According to NBC Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic, trade discussions involving relievers are “at least far enough down the line that they’ve got backups coming” to Philadelphia (where the Giants play Wednesday night).

Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: moffitt@sfgate.com. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.

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