Giants mailbag: Assessing Bumgarner’s current trade value, when a rebuild will start

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are 17-23 and already 8.5 games out in the National League West, but they’re shaping up to be one of the most interesting clubs to follow this summer.

New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is motivated to build a winner sooner rather than later, and the July 31 trade deadline represents a significant day for the organization. The Giants have a handful of assets at the major league level who can provide much-needed help for playoff contenders, so Zaidi will have his hands full as he evaluates potential deals that would allow the Giants to acquire coveted prospects.

The Giants parted with Eduardo Núñez in 2017 and Andrew McCutchen in 2018, but they haven’t been a true “seller” in more than a decade. What’s the latest on their top trade assets? When will a rebuild truly take shape?

Here’s part one of our two-part Monday mailbag.

Where do you see Madison Bumgarner’s trade value now compared to the beginning of the season? Any change? (Michael from Saratoga)

Crowley: It’s true that Zaidi listened to offers on Bumgarner this offseason, but at least for now, it appears as if the Giants made the right decision to hang onto Bumgarner so the left-hander could boost his trade value. After pitching through injuries in each of the last two seasons, Bumgarner’s velocity was down and concern over his long-term effectiveness was up.

In his past three starts, Bumgarner has improved his value thanks to a cutter that’s missing bats and a career-best 7.25 strikeout/walk ratio which ranks fourth in all of baseball. Bumgarner is attacking hitters, challenging in the strike zone and winning the majority of his battles. If he continues to improve, Bumgarner could sneak into the All-Star Game, but it will likely be around that time when the Giants are …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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