Could the New York Yankees still be interested in prying Madison Bumgarner away from the San Francisco Giants?
While the rumor mill is still in full effect, the New York Yankees are still prowling the streets for a starting pitcher, and general manager Brian Cashman knows his team may need support at some point.
The question is – what’s he willing to spend to bring in a bonafide starter? Clint Frazier, prospects, cash considerations…there are plenty of routes he can take, but his team currently has the best record in baseball and isn’t dying for more support.
However, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in another option given injuries kick in again (knock on wood). One player that has been included in the rumors has been starer for the San Francisco Giants, Madison Bumgarner, a quality option that would immensely help the rotation.
Recently against the Mets, Bumgarner allowed just one run, five hits, and a walk over nine innings to secure a 3-2 win over New York. Does this type of performance give the Yanks all they need to make a run at him? He clearly wants nothing to do with the speculation, stating:
“I don’t give a s—,” he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m here to win games for this team, and that’s what we’re doing.”
“I’m trying to win games for the Giants,” he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re trying to make it to the postseason. We’re making a push, we’re coming.”
With what might have been his final home game with the Giants, Bumgarner dominated in classic fashion. His worth would likely require Frazier’s talent to pry him away from San Fran.
The 29-year-old would help the Yanks in their pennant chase, and he might even be the catalyst in really separating themselves in the AL East. Over 125 innings this season, Madison had logged a 3.65 ERA with 127 strikeouts and a 5-7 record. With the Yankees run-support, he could theoretically emerge as their ace by the end of the season.
It’s certainly worth knocking on the Giants’ door to show interest in the pitcher.