If the Braves cannot land deGrom or Thor, the possibility of seeing the Giants sell off Madison Bumgarner is an idea that has surfaced.
The Giants made big moves before the 2018 season by acquiring seasoned veterans Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates and Evan Longoria from the Rays. As it turned out, the Giants have had a poor 2018 season. They were projected to be playoff contenders before the 2018 season began, and soon became a team that unexpectedly fell off the rails. The Giants finished the 2019 season just 1 loss away from a 90 loss season at 73-89.
There is a chance the Giants would like to get some value out of Bumgarner, and I’m not talking about the kind of value off of a pitchers mound. They may be inclined to trade off Bumgarner in his final year before he elects free agency* to net some prospects, and the Braves would be players in this type of situation along with many other teams.
* – 2019 represents a $12 million option year; but that’s a no-brainer pickup.
Adding Bumgarner helps establish the Braves young and talented rotation which is in need of a dominant and consistent front line starter. Sure, Mike Foltynewicz has filled in this role nicely, but a big time pitcher like Bumgarner helps establish the rotation even more. Bumgarner also adds a pitcher with a lot of postseason experience which could really help the Braves.