PHILADELPHIA — On day one of his tenure as the Giants’ president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi insisted “nothing is off the table.”
On the most important day of Zaidi’s first year in San Francisco, Zaidi proved he was a man of his word.
With a flurry of deals that came together in the minutes leading up to Wednesday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline, the Giants worked creatively to remain in contention for a 2019 playoff spot while building depth to make the franchise more competitive in the future.
Zaidi continued to remain in contact with clubs interested in acquiring the services of Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday, but as the clock ticked past 4 p.m. local time in Philadelphia, Bumgarner stood in the weight room at Citizens Bank Park and realized he’d be given the chance to finish the season with the Giants.
“I never expected to be somewhere else until that happened,” Bumgarner said. “Nothing has changed for me.”
The personnel changed dramatically on Wednesday, but the Giants’ vision for the 2019 season did not. Despite subtracting three major league relievers –Sam Dyson, Mark Melancon and Drew Pomeranz– in separate trades, Zaidi believes that by retaining Bumgarner, the Giants will have an opportunity to secure a playoff spot.
“When he’s on your side, you always feel like you have a chance,” Zaidi said.
The Giants entered the month of July with one of baseball’s best bullpens and rode their relievers to an 18-6 record leading up to the trade deadline. Dyson, Melancon and Pomeranz all thrived in their respective roles, particularly after the All-Star break, but the Giants determined they could acquire critical depth for the future and gambled on filling their bullpen with capable replacements from within.
“It’s not easy for these guys to say goodbye to good teammates,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You’re happy for them, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports