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The San Francisco Giants have reportedly made it clear they're willing to shop starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner this winter as he enters his final year under contract with the team. With the Giants trending down and in need of prospects to build for the future, it's logical that they would make their biggest trade asset available.
Let's take a look at four teams that should be at the center of the discussion when it comes to trading for Bumgarner.
4. Philadelphia Phillies
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The Phillies have been saving up money for years for this summer in an effort to sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Adding Bumgarner would be a perfect consolation prize if they aren't able to land one or either of those guys. Bumgarner would also be a great cherry on top if they are able to pull off the impossible and land both superstars. The Phillies may not have as strong a farm system as other teams on this list, but they definitely seem to be all in on 2019. Creating a rotation with Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta and Bumgarner would be scary for opposing teams.
3. Washington Nationals
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It doesn't look like the Washington Nationals are going to be re-signing Harper this offseason, so they'll need to make a splash in other ways. If their hitting is going to take a dip, then the most logical thing to do would to be improve their pitching staff. After selling off a portion of it at the trade deadline with Gio Gonzalez being sent to Milwaukee for prospects, landing Bumgarner to pair with Scherzer would help the Nationals create arguably the most dominant one-two punch in all of baseball.
2. New York Yankees
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made one thing very clear this offseason: he's going after top-tier starting pitching. The Yankees already made a splash early by trading their top pitching prospect Justice Sheffield to the Mariners for lefty ace, James Paxton. The Yankees still, even after the Sheffield trade, have one of, if not the most-loaded farm systems in all of Major League Baseball, but they don't have a place to put everyone. There have been rumors of the Yankees going after Bumgarner if he was made available, so expect Cashman to at the very least pick up the phone and find out what the asking price is.
With starting pitching still most definitely the Yankees biggest weakness, don't be surprised if they land Bumgarner based solely on the plethora of valuable prospects they have compared to other potential suitors. While some might consider them out of the running to trade for a top pitcher now, anything can happen at the Winter Meetings, especially with the money and farm system the Yankees possess.
1. Milwaukee Brewers
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It's being reported that the Brewers are one of the main teams with early interest in making a deal for Bumgarner. Coming one win away from the World Series, the Brewers are in a position where one big move like this could have them playing November baseball in 2019. They already have a young superstar MVP hitter in Christian Yelich. Adding a legitimate ace pitcher seems like a logical move.
The Brewers had a fantastic bullpen last season, but only had one starting pitcher reach double-digit wins (Jhoulys Chacin with 15). Adding Bumgarner would give them the frontline star pitcher they're looking for. Someone to go out and get big wins in playoff games, games like NLCS Game 7 maybe?
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