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Is Madison Bumgarner staying? Is he going? Will he be traded? Will he sign an extension? Or will he ride his ATV all the way back to Hickory, North Carolina, disappearing from baseball forever?
With less than 24 hours left until the MLB trade deadline, all of these options are all seemingly on the table. Information is flying left and right; the Rosenthals and Morosis and Feinsands of the world are tweeting all sorts of contradictory information about the potential destination of a number of coveted ball players. At this juncture, it’s nearly impossible to separate the signal from the noise.
Take, for example, the number of reports from national MLB insiders Tuesday. The Astros, it seems, are interested in Madison Bumgarner. Or they are not interested in Madison Bumgarner.
First, we had Tim Brown, a longtime Yahoo reporter.
“Source says Giants and Astros ‘engaged’ on Bumgarner,” Brown wrote Tuesday morning. “Amount of traction unclear.”
What does it mean for two teams to be “engaged” on a player? How can we know they are “engaged” without knowing the amount of “traction?” These questions, sadly, are left unanswered.
In any case, Ken Rosenthal backed Brown’s report, writing that he’s “hearing same.”
Roughly 3o minutes after Brown’s tweet, there was a tweet from Andy Martino, another respected MLB insider.
“Hearing Astros more on Bauer than Bumgarner,” Martino wrote, presumably omitting the punctuation due to the urgency of the message.
One minute after Martino’s tweet, MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand threw some cold water on the Bumgarner reports.
“I’m told by a source it’s still ‘doubtful’ that the Giants trade Bumgarner, and are more likely to make an incremental addition or two rather than being sellers,” Feinsand wrote.
The fate of Schrodinger’s Bumgarner will be settled, at the latest, by 1 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday.
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