SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–At his introductory press convention in November, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi ushered in a brand new period with a daring proclamation.
“All the things has bought to be on the desk.”
Even a possible commerce of Madison Bumgarner.
4 months after Zaidi was employed to guide the franchise into the longer term, Bumgarner strolled into the clubhouse at Scottsdale Stadium Tuesday as pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp. Later this week, he’ll start making ready for his 10th season with the membership.
Did an offseason crammed with hypothesis about his unsure future really feel completely different?
“Identical as all the opposite years,” Bumgarner stated.
As he enters the ultimate 12 months of a contract he signed again in 2012, the left-hander is considered one of many workforce’s most tradable belongings. After the Giants misplaced 187 video games during the last two seasons, the brand new entrance workplace expressed a want to develop into youthful and extra athletic, doubtlessly setting the stage for unpopular transactions.
Over the winter, the Giants fielded calls from events concerning the workforce’s willingness to half with Bumgarner. Although Zaidi answered the telephone, he by no means dealt the pitcher who the Giants anticipate to take the ball on Opening Day.
Bumgarner insisted he doesn’t take note of what’s out of his management. Catcher Buster Posey, however, did hold tabs on the rumors.
“I take note of what’s happening and the rumblings, so yeah, I believe there clearly was some query,” Posey stated. “However I felt like there was a fairly good probability that he was going to be right here. And we positive are glad that he’s.”
Posey and Bumgarner are the longest-tenured Giants and together with Pablo Sandoval, they’re the one members of the roster left with three World Collection rings. They’re additionally two fierce opponents who don’t have any want to play for a rebuilding membership.
To this point, Zaidi hasn’t indicated he plans to tear the Giants down, however he hasn’t gone all in with transactions that recommend he believes the membership will contend instantly.
“My plan is profitable this 12 months,” Bumgarner stated Tuesday. “I believe that’s all people on this clubhouse’s plan. Whatever the names that you just see otherwise you don’t see, I’ve been a part of groups that we gained after we weren’t speculated to and we shouldn’t have.”
Ought to the Giants fall out the playoff race this summer time, Bumgarner’s identify will once more floor in commerce rumors. At 29, he has an unbelievable observe file of postseason success and will internet the Giants a bundle of prospects that units the workforce up for the longer term.
Prioritizing the longer term forward of the current isn’t an concept that’s straightforward to abdomen for his teammates.
“We hope that we’re ready come the commerce deadline the place we’re ready the place it makes completely no sense for him to be anyplace else,” Posey stated.
Although the Giants and Bumgarner haven’t mentioned one other long-term extension lately, the workers ace is open to the concept of remaining with the franchise past 2019.
“That is the place I got here up, I’ve been via lots right here,” Bumgarner stated. “A variety of good occasions and some dangerous occasions additionally. However clearly I’d love to remain right here. If that occurs or not, I don’t know. Some components are in my management, some components aren’t. Proper now, I’m simply centered on getting this 12 months began and getting again to the postseason.”