Pablo Sandoval really doesn’t want the Giants to trade Madison Bumgarner: ‘He’s special’

Madison Bumgarner may have made his final start in a San Francisco Giants uniform Tuesday night, but teammate Pablo Sandoval certainly hopes that isn’t the case.

“He’s special. He’s special. He’s one of the guys you don’t want to give up,” Sandoval told NBC Sports Bay Area after the team’s 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. “Every time he gets on the mound, you want to win for him and do everything you can to support him.”

Sandoval hit a walk-off home run in the 13th inning, and later called Bumgarner the greatest pitcher he’s ever played with.

“He’s the face of this team as a pitcher, the greatest pitcher I’ve ever played with,” he said in the locker room. “He’s one of those guys you want to have the ball, to win games. And he’s continued doing that and continued dealing in every start he has. So he is one of the greats you want to have on your team as a pitcher.”

GAME RECAP: Pablo Sandoval homer in the 13th lifts Giants past Cubs 5-4

Before Tuesday night’s game, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Sandoval may get his wish.

“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.'”

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, a “horde of scouts from virtually every contender” attended Bumgarner’s outing against the Cubs, although the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves are all on the pitcher’s no-trade list.

The former World Series MVP allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings of action Tuesday night, helping the Giants improve their record to 52-50. San Francisco has won 17 of 20, and is just two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL’s final Wild Card spot.

The Giants play the Cubs again at 12:45 PT Wednesday.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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