The San Francisco Giants have climbed back into the NL playoff race and got themselves another win on Thursday night in a wild extra innings affair with the New York Mets. It was a showdown between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard, with MadBum tossing nine innings of one-run ball on just 94 pitches, which has seemingly complicated things. He's bolstering his resume for top contenders looking to make a trade, but the Giants sit just 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.
Reporter: Are you less worried less conscious about a trade given the way the team is playing?— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) July 19, 2019
Bumgarner: “I don’t give a sh-t. I’m here to win games for this team and that’s what I’m doing.” #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/qqkGIkMyeJ
And it seems Bumgarner could further make this an issue if he doesn't want to leave the Bay Area at the trade deadline. He has eight contenders -- Yankees, Astros, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies and Red Sox -- on his no-trade list, and based on his postgame comments it sure doesn't sound like he's ready to join one of those squads. While the Twins, Indians, Rays and Nationals are among the other contenders that could look to trade for him and won't need his permission, there's no doubt the other eight teams could offer (and will offer) better trade packages.
So what are the Giants to do?
Madison Bumgarner on #SFGiants flipping the switch:— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) July 19, 2019
“We’ve got a lot of veterans, a lot of guys that’s been there before. If we manage to keep this going and sneak in (to playoffs) I don’t think anybody is going to want to match up against us.” #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/g414iFLcjq
The Giants have no doubt made this a sticky situation by winning 13 of their last 15 games, and they'll now have a considerable predicament on their hands with their ace.
And with MadBum seemingly in it to win it with the only team he's known for his MLB career, he could very well dictate what happens at the deadline.