At the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants current sit at a record of 41-48. Currently, they are 17.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Giants will likely look to be sellers at the trade deadline. With a new general manager and a new manager coming in next year, the Giants will look to get new team chemistry going. One of Giants most talked about in trade talks is Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner, who was drafted by the Giants, has spent his whole 11-year career in the orange and black. He has become a Giants legend with four All-Star selections and two Silver Slugger. He was also instrumental in their three World Series championships, winning his first World Series game at the age of 20. With Bumgarner set to become a free agent this offseason, the Giants will look to get a prospect or two back for him. Ken Rosenthal has listed the Astros, Twins, Braves and Brewers as teams interested.
The Astros are currently the AL West and are on pace to win 100 games again this year. Houston already boasts the second-lowest ERA in the American League. Bumgarner would join a loaded rotation with Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. According to MLB.com, the Astros have sixth-ranked farm system, so they have options when it comes to trading prospects. Prospects the Giants could look to target in a trade are RHP J.B. Bukauskas (#96 overall, #5 in Astros system) and OF Seth Beer (#8 in the Astros System). Both former first-round picks who would boost the Giants farm system.
Twins have been a surprise this year, taking control of AL Central. The Twins also have a strong pitching staff with fourth best Team ERA in the AL. Bumgarner could provide much need playoff experience to a young roster. Minnesota also has a pretty good farm system that ranks #8 according to MLB.com. OF Trevor Larnach (#96 Overall, 4th in Twins system) or RHP Jordan Balazovic (#99 Overall, 5th in Twins system) could highlight trade package for Bumgarner.
The Braves, after surprising a lot of people last year, look strong again this year and currently lead the NL East. Their pitching staff has been good so far ranking fifth in the NL. Staying in the National League, Bumgarner would be able bat regularly, as he has proven to be a “#PitcherWhoRakes”. The Giants should look to target Bryce Wilson (#76 Overall, 5th in Braves system) to highlight a trade package. Wilson is currently in AAA and could help the Giants sooner rather than later.
The Brewers look to be in a tough NL Central battle. They sit just a half-game back of the Cubs and are led by MVP candidate Christian Yelich. The Brewers could definitely use an upgrade to their pitching staff that currently ranks #11 in the NL. A Brewers prospect that could intrigue the Giants is SS Brice Turang. Turang is an athletic shortstop who could be stolen base threat in the majors. At just 19 years old be could be the potential heir to Brandon Crawford.