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With the MLB trade deadline less than two weeks away, nearly the entire baseball world is closely following trade rumors surrounding San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who might be the most desirable pitching asset on the market.
But there’s at least one person in the game who isn’t paying any attention: Madison Bumgarner.
“I don’t give a s—,” Bumgarner said about growing trade chatter following the team’s 16-inning 3-2 victory over the New York Mets Thursday night. “I’m here to win games for this team, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Bumgarner pitched nine innings on Thursday and allowed just five hits and one run while striking out six. It was easily one of his most dominant performances of the season.
“I’m trying to win games for the Giants,” he said. “And we’re trying to get in the postseason. And we’re making a push, we’re coming.”
The former World Series MVP’s strong outing comes just before the trade deadline, and a number of interested teams were reportedly in attendance.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Boston Red Sox sent a high-level scout to Oracle Park to watch Bumgarner’s latest outing, although according to Morosi, it’s possible the Giants’ relief pitchers (Will Smith perhaps?) were the “primary focus of that assignment.”
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Morosi reported during a Friday morning appearance on MLB Network that the Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers all had representatives at the game. However, it was unclear if Bumgarner was the main focus of their visits.
Even with the trade chatter heating up, Bumgarner is solely focused on a postseason push.
“We got a lot of veterans, a lot of guys that have been there before,” he said. “And if we manage to keep this going, to sneak in, I don’t think anybody’s gonna want to match up against us.”
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