Regarding the Giants most lucrative potential trade piece, veteran lefty Madison Bumgarner, The Athletics Ken Rosenthal has a scoop:
Braves reportedly on Madison Bumgarners eight-team no-trade list
As weve seen time and again, its fully possible for a team on a players no-trade list to swing a deal. All that acquiring team has to do is persuade said player to waive said clause, typically by picking up an option or offering an extension. Rosenthal points that out in a follow-up tweet.
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi made a lot of moves this offseason. It wasnt apparent how many until there was a graphic showing each one during the last few weeks of spring training.
Share Share Braves reportedly on Madison Bumgarners eight-team no-trade list tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports We are still a month or so away from trade season but it appears that some teams and players are getting ready for potential moves. San Francisco Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner will be a free agent at the end of the season, and with the Giants going nowhere, could be a potential trade target for a contender looking to make a push for the postseason.
The Athletics Ken Rosenthal reports that Bumgarner has assembled a no-trade list of eight teams that includes nothing but contenders. The list includes NL East rivals Braves and Phillies.
As Rosenthal points out, the situation isnt exactly what it seems. Bumgarner chose the teams strategically — these are not teams that he necessarily wants to avoid being dealt to. Rather, players often include contenders on their no-trade list to gain leverage if a trade agreement is reached.
That said, #SFGiants Bumgarner should be motivated to approve a trade: Any potential free agent traded in middle of season is ineligible for qualifying offer and exempt from draft-pick comp. List, however, gives him measure of control – if, say, he prefers #Braves to #Phillies.
For example, if the Braves reached a deal with the Giants for Bumgarner then they would have an exclusive window to try and get him to approve a deal where they might work out some sort of compensation in exchange for him waiving his no-trade protection. His no-trade list also protects him if hed rather accept a deal to one team more so than another. It is all about giving him some measure of control.
More context on Bumgarner: His contract allows him to reject trades to eight teams. The eight I reported are the ones he can block. He can still approve trades to those teams, but generally players want some form of compensation to waive their no-trade protection.