For a good chunk of the season, it seemed almost an inevitability that Madison Bumgarner would be on the move this summer.
The San Francisco ace is in the final year of his contract, and the Giants were not expected to compete to make the playoffs this season, setting the lefty up to be one of the more coveted arms on the market. Bumgarner reportedly submitted a trade list earlier this season in anticipation of the move.
But, curveball, the Giants have been on fire, winning 16-of-19 to climb back into the National League West race, and further dwindling the possibility Bumgarner will be on the move.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Tuesday that the belief is that the 29-year-old will stay put.
Bumgarner is 5-7 with a 3.65 ERA this season.