In the nearly three weeks he has as president of the Giants baseball operations department, Farhan Zaidi has said very little publicly about his plans for the Madison Bumgarner.
Meanwhile, the possibility of a change involving the lefty has become increasingly real.
According to multiple sources, the Giants are willing to talk to other teams about their ace and three-time World Series champion. The Brewers and Phillies are among the clubs that have had preliminary talks on Bumgarner, according to some sources.
The Braves also contacted the Giants regarding Bumgarner early in the offseason, according to sources, but at the moment there is no optimism about a change with Atlanta.
Generally speaking, the circumstances are favorable for Bumgarner to be traded.
Zaidi has received full power to change the face of the organization, and a deal for Bumgarner would begin to improve a minor league system that is not among the best in baseball. Bumgarner is under contract for just one more campaign and $ 12 million, which means that free agency would arrive before a reconstruction is completed, no matter how fast it is.
If Zaidi does not find a change that is to his liking in the coming weeks, he can wait and put Bumgarner on the market again in the middle of next season, when the veteran playoff experience could make him one of the most desirable.
Some sources said that Zaidi is likely to ask for a good pitching prospect in any transaction involving Bumgarner. According to MLB Pipeline, one of San Francisco's top five promises is pitcher: right-hander Shaun Anderson, a 24-year-old looking to be a third-or fourth-place starter in the majors.
Jon Paul Morosi MLB.com