Around this time a year ago, Philadelphia never would have been considered a destination for Bumgarner since the team was going through rebuilding mode, but obviously the circumstances are much different now.
And if that wasn't frustrating enough for the Giants, it looks like the team is already looking ahead with the intention of the struggles continuing in 2019 by considering the possibility of trading Bumgarner before the deadline. Justin Verlander had the Houston Astros on his no-trade list and accepted a trade to them after some convincing from the players on the roster.
What gives? Why would a player the caliber of Bumgarner, who is known for how he competes in October in a World Series run choose to list so many title contenders on his no-trade list? He is in the last year of a five-year, $35 million contract that will pay him $12 million this year.
Over his 11-year career, Bumgarner has compiled a 112-87 record with a 3.06 ERA, four All-Star nods, and a World Series MVP award.
Back when I wrote my "Boston Red Sox: 5 wicked predictions 2019 and beyond" article, I predicted that the Red Sox would let Chris Sale walk and target Bumgarner in free agency as their ace. The southpaw has a 3.99 ERA and 51 strikeouts through eight starts this season. He also has one game finished, 15 complete games, and six shutouts.
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