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As recently as a few weeks ago, most people expected the rebuilding Giants to unload starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner at the trade deadline.
But now that the Giants have won 17 of their last 20 games and sit just two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL’s final Wild Card spot, that expectation has clearly changed.
Prior to San Francisco’s extra-inning victory over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that most people around the league believe Bumgarner will finish the year in San Francisco.
“Few see MadBum going anywhere now,” he tweeted. “Things can change in a hurry but this is typical from rival exec: ‘No way Giants can sell, they’re on fire.'”
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported something similar in a Wednesday article about the biggest storylines leading up to trade deadline.
“Barring a collapse over the next week, the Giants may find themselves incentivized to hold onto Bumgarner,” he wrote. “Selling in the midst of a hot streak is particularly difficult because of the message it sends to players and fans.”
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, a “horde of scouts from virtually every contender” attended Bumgarner’s Tuesday night outing against the Cubs, although it’s possible teams were most interested in the Giants’ bullpen.
“The Giants still plan to listen to all offers for Bumgarner before deciding whether to move him, closer Will Smith or other relievers instead, or no one,” Nightengale tweeted.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Tuesday the Giants have “have been in contact” with the Tampa Bay Rays about a trade involving the Giants’ relievers.
“Giants may move a reliever and keep Bumgarner after recent surge, especially if deal is need-for-need at @MLB level,” Morosi tweeted. “Joey Wendle or Michael Brosseau would help SF infield.”
The MLB trade deadline is July 31.
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