Ever since free agent starter Dallas Keuchel signed with the Atlanta Braves and not the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers suddenly felt like clear front-runners to acquire San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
The Minnesota Twins, who need to better their rotation to solidify their World Series contender status, didn't seem to be in the hunt at first. But according to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins and Giants are "moving closer" to a trade involving the postseason legend.
Wouldn't that be something? Minnesota hasn't been able to win in New York during October, but adding MadBum might do the trick, right?
If there is any truth to this, it's all still in the early stages anyway. The Giants are only going to move Bumgarner if they get exactly what they want, so expect a trade to go down in July closer to the deadline.
At the very least, the Twins' interest is increasing San Francisco's leverage over a team like the Yankees, who obviously need him after striking out on Keuchel.
Minnesota is cruising at the top of the AL Central, so there isn't any rush to make a move for a starter. But pairing someone like Bumgarner with Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi is an attractive proposition for the postseason.
In 15 starts in 2019, Bumgarner owns a 3-6 record with a 3.87 ERA and has 90 strikeouts over 93 innings.