Yankees special adviser Alex Rodriguez is one of many who thinks the team is in need of another starting pitcher, and suggested they should try to trade for Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
So, during a FOX broadcast, A-Rod suggested that the Yankees go after Giants ace LHP Madison Bumgarner to make a big splash at the trade deadline.
"I like the idea of Madison Bumgarner going to the Yankees," he said.
Bumgarner, who made his return to the mound on Tuesday after missing two months due to a broken finger in his pitching hand, is extremely good in the postseason -- where the Yankees hope they will be. Also, with Jordan Montgomery needing Tommy John surgery, adding another lefty to the rotation would be ideal.
Rodriguez also says that Bumgarner is highly underpaid with the Giants, and the Yankees could certainly change that if they acquired him and signed him to an extension. Bumgarner is getting paid $12 million this season, and will make that same number again in 2019.
"He's a $35 million player making only $12 million," he said.
The deal could work with the Yankees' load of prospects in their farm system, and the Giants needing some top players in their own minor leagues. A-Rod suggests three or four "stellar" prospects would entice the Giants.
At the moment, though, the Giants are only 1.5 games back of the NL West lead even with a mediocre 31-31 record. They were buyers this offseason, acquiring Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen among others to bolster their chances of reaching the postseason. Rodriguez knows that the only way the Giants would sell Bumgarner is if they fall out of the playoff race.
Bumgarner owns a 3.01 ERA in regular season games with the Giants over 10 seasons. But he is even more impressive in the postseason with a 2.11 ERA, including a 0.25 ERA in four World Series starts.