The Yankees are looking to acquire one more high-end starting pitcher, with Patrick Corbin among their top targets, while postseason legend Madison Bumgarner is being dangled by the Giants in trade talks.
Bumgarner, 29, has one year at $12 million remaining on his deal, and the Giants are likely to seek "at least one high-end pitching prospect" in any deal for him, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com, who says the Phillies and Brewers have interest.
San Francisco's desire for a high-end pitching prospect could be an issue if the Yanks pursue Bumgarner since they just traded their top pitching prospect (and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball) Justus Sheffield to the Mariners in the deal for James Paxton.
The Yanks do still have RHP prospect Albert Abreu, who is their No. 3 prospect and the No. 85 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, but he isn't on the level of Sheffield. Nor is he the kind of pitching prospect the Phillies (who have Sixto Sanchez) could offer.
Morosi also speculates that the Braves -- who have one of the most loaded farm systems in baseball -- could also get involved in the Bumgarner talks.
Bumgarner hasn't been as dominant over the last two seasons as he was during his remarkable stretch from 2013 to 2016, and has dealt with injuries along the way. But he's still one of the better pitchers in baseball when he's right -- and a dynamic postseason performer.
In 129.2 innings in 2018, Bumgarner had a 3.26 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while striking out 109 batters.
While Bumgarner is available, some are questioning whether the Giants will actually go through with trading him.
"You can't underestimate the emotional pull of trading Bumgarner," one person with ties to the Giants' organization told SNY contributor John Harper earlier this month. "The guy is a hero in the Bay Area for what he's done in the postseason, and ownership is very mindful of the fans who fill the ballpark every night.
"So even if trading him might be the right business decision, the new GM is going to have to get something that he can sell to ownership -- and the fans -- as too good to turn down. Really, it would have to be an overpay, if you add in that Bumgarner is a year away from free agency."