Madison Bumgarner
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The New York Yankees are reported to be swaying away from trade talks involving San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.

As the July 31 deadline approaches, the New York Yankees will be looking to improve their starting rotation while making a playoff push. Their rotation isn’t in bad shape, as they’re currently posting a combined ERA of 4.45. It always could be better though.

One of the starting pitchers that’s been linked to trade possibilities with the Yankees is San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. The veteran starting pitcher would most likely only become a rental. His current contract expires at the end of this season.

However, Bryan Hoch of mlb.com reported on Wednesday that the Yanks are actually now swaying away from inquiring about Bumgarner.

Hoch writes, “Over the past several weeks, New York has been connected to almost every available starter in some form or fashion. The Yankees would love for the Indians to dangle Trevor Bauer, but Cleveland is back in the postseason picture. Same for the Giants, and though Yankees people are said to be less enthused with Madison Bumgarner, the Yankees would consider any deal that allows them to hold onto 20-year-old pitching prospect Deivi Garcia.”

Thus far in 2019, Bumgarner is 5-7 with a 3.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.168. He’s struck out 134 batters and has walked 27 through 22 starts (132.2 innings pitched).

The Yanks have until the end of July to come up with an enticing offer for either Bumgarner or Bauer. As Hoch stated, it’d be tough to get either due to their respective teams finding themselves back in the playoff picture.

Another name that the Yanks could look towards is New York Mets righty Noah Syndergaard, who’s under team control through the 2021 season. It would take a big haul to get Thor, though. Plus, the Mets would most likely be reluctant to trade one of their top pitchers to their crosstown rivals.

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