Madison Bumgarner was once considered one of the most likely players to have been transferred before July 31st, and may now remain completely suspended as the unlikely Giants' 17-4 record has yet to be seen in the past 21 games The club did not return to the NL wildcard race.
Conflicting accounts of Bumgarner's status are from Mark Feinsand of MLB.com and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle . Fine Sand today learned from a source that the Giants are "not at all sure" of holding onto Bumgarner until the close of trading, while Schulman has learned from a separate source that the Front Office has not made a firm decision on Bumgarner's status, and reports , which say otherwise, read " i
In the Bay Area, there still seems to be something in the river, as if nothing else the Giants certainly do not seem to be the full-fledged deadline sellers they seemed to be only weeks away. Indeed, Feinsand writes that the Giants could even try to add players if the team has a successful series against the Padres over the weekend. To this end, "San Francisco had a high-ranking scout," watching the recent launch of Tigers left-handed Matt Boyd and Jon Paul Morosi from MLB.com at Tweets .
Bumgarner's recent form was a key factor in the hot phase of the Giants as the Southpaw has an ERA of 2.00 and 41 strikeouts in just six rounds in its last six starts (36 innings). To be clear, the odds are still in conflict with San Francisco's chances of reaching the postseason, and since Bumgarner's value may be at a peak, there is a clear case that trading with Bumgarner is against a large number of interested parties the smarter long-term step is for a Giants team that has little game depth. On the other hand, trading with Bumgarner would now also be a hugely unpopular move, both among the players and among the fanbase, all of whom were understandably enthusiastic about the increase in 21 games.
No wonder the Giants Front Office is trying to stay as flexible as possible when you consider Bumgarner, Will Smith, Tony Watson and other important trade chips. There is no point in declaring itself as a buyer now if a defeat of four games would immediately put San Francisco back into sales mode. As Schulman noted in Follow-up Tweets the Giants could also try to find a player from their bullpen surplus who could help them win now. It is less likely that this is a loaner, but maybe someone like Boyd, who is controlled during the 2022 season.