Sorry trade suitors, Bumgarner isn’t going anywhere

MadBum starts it, Pablo finishes it as Giants push to 17-3 in last 20 games

Karl Buscheck
July 24, 2019 - 9:49 am

Before Madison Bumgarner delivered seven innings of three-run ball and Pablo Sandoval connected on the Giants’ fourth walk-off in six games, the same question echoed around Twitter, populated newspaper headlines and hijacked sports radio segments.

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After a month of asking, it’s become a lazy question that no longer needs to be posed.

Sorry, trade suitors. Bumgarner isn’t going anywhere. 

As noted last week, the Giants are showing decidedly Even-Year-y vibes. Bumgarner. Check. Sneaky good bullpen. Check. Timely hitting. Check.

The team has won 17 of 20, for the first time since 2001. The four walk-off in six games marks the first time the Giants have pulled that trick since 1958.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. 

“It’s incredible. One night after another. I can’t even explain it."

Heading into Wednesday’s matinee with the Cubs, the Giants find themselves two games out of the top wild-card spot. They have transformed from obvious seller to obvious contender.

There’s also another significant — and underreported — reason why Bumgarner isn’t going anywhere. 

The left-hander has an iron-clad trade clause. 

Bumgarner can obstruct, or at least seriously complicate, a potential deal with damn near any contender who might try to pry him from Oracle Park.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox, MLB Network and The Athletic fame, was all over this back in May:

Farhan Zaidi, the rookie president of baseball ops, has proven to be a shrewd day trader, churning his overpriced and nightmarish portfolio into a legitimate, if wildly improbable, wild-card contender.

But swinging his biggest deal, selling his weightiest chip, is, effectively, impossible. A veteran Giant, under the veil of anonymity, said what everyone is thinking.

“If you trade Bumgarner now, this clubhouse will go ballistic,” the player told Nightengale.

“And so will the fanbase. How can you possibly justify it?

“I mean, what more do we have to do?’’

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