Madison Bumgarner Submits Eight-Team No-Trade List

Ross Houston
May 15, 2019

Bumgarner could be motivated to approve a trade because players dealt in the season are not eligible to receive a qualifying offer in free agency during the offseason. During 51 meetings at the plate, Bumgarner held Puig to a.217 batting average, .685 OPS, two home runs, and three RBI.

Well, half of that prediction will not happen as the team locked up Sale prior to the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

With that possibility in mind, Bumgarner gave the Giants his no-trade list.

While there is still plenty of time left in the baseball season since it's only the middle of May, San Francisco isn't exactly off to the best of starts, as they now sit on the bottom of the NL West. As the situation develops, I'd put my money on Bumgarner ending up waiving his no-trade clause and heads to one of the teams on his list, since they're the ones most likely to give Bumgarner an incentive to waive his no-trade clause.

According to Rosenthal, Bumgarner strategically built his no-trade list with teams he believed could be interested in making a deal instead of marking teams he didn't want to join.

As it turns out, as reported by Ken Rosenthal, Bumgarner is using his no-trade list as a strategic way to dictate his possible future. The no-trade list is an additional obstacle Boston will have to deal with if things get to that point.

Why this would be a good mid-season pickup?

The Red Sox don't look like a great fit for Bumgarner considering their deep rotation, but an injury could change things quickly.

Also, his addition would provide flexibility if the team would need to move Nathan Eovaldi to the closer role once healthy and the bullpen becomes an issue again.

One way or another, it's looking more and more likely that the San Francisco Giants homegrown ace will be playing elsewhere by August 1. Join the Chowder And Champions team!

A proven victor looking to win again sounds like the ideal addition to a Boston Red Sox team just now waking up from a series World Series hangover.

There's still a lot of time between now and the July 31st trade deadline, and Bumgarner's status figures to be an ongoing story throughout the trade season.

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