San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is in the final year of a 5-year, $35 million deal. With his current team in last place and in the middle of a rebuild it makes sense for them look for a trade partner before he walks in free agency.
With a trade likely, Bumgarner provided the Giants with a no trade list. The list is made up of soley of teams that are expected to make a run at the playoffs.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Bumgarner doesn’t want to play for a winner. According to a follow-up tweet by Rosenthal, this is a tactic used to gain leverage if a trade agreement is reached.
Getting a guy like Bumgarner for a playoff run could put a team over the edge. He still has great stuff and plenty of postseason experience.