The San Francisco Giants are in the worst situation for a franchise to be in. They can't hit their way out of a paper bag and their farm system is extremely thin. However, they are sitting on a potential gold mine in Madison Bumgarner, a 29-year-old starter with playoff experience that could help a contender immediately.
If the Giants want to do what's best for Bumgarner and the organization, they need to ship him out of San Francisco. Now. Like within the hour.
Bumgarner is your one tradable asset that could bring back top prospects. Additionally, the left-hander is currently in the middle of the worst season of his career. If he keeps losing velocity and giving up more home runs, more and more shine comes off of him.
Every day that he remains a Giant decreases his value. While his peculiar no-trade list could make moving him difficult, the Giants should get the discussions going as soon as possible and keep Bumgarner in the loop so he can sign off on waiving his clause to go to a contender.
The Giants' farm system right now is Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, and nothing else. While Bumgarner has established himself as a Giants legend, there's no reason for the Giants to get paralyzed by nostalgia and keep him around.
The upcoming rebuild in the Bay Area is real.