All three of the previous trade suggestions would be exciting for White Sox fans, but this one takes the cake.
The big rumor is that the San Francisco Giants are shopping Madison Bumgarner, according to Jon Morosi with MLB.com. Of course, the typical names are involved in the rumors – but it’s time for the White Sox to become a threat to those teams. And, an epic trade for Bumgarner would show the MLB that the ChiSox still matter.
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The Giants are overloaded with aging talent, so a trade for Bumgarner might involve having to take another old guy like Evan Longoria, Mark Melancon, Pablo Sandoval, or Jeff Samardzija. Whatever – it would be worth it – as long as some of the add-on player’s bloated contract was covered by the Giants.
The Giants are clogged everywhere with guys nearing 35. They need youth. And, the White Sox have more of that than 26 or 27 of the other MLB teams. It all depends on where you rank the Padres, Braves, and Blue Jays.
To get someone like Mad-Bum, the Sox would have to give up someone valuable. So barring Kopech, Jimenez, and Robert, the Giants could take their pick. Like the Goldschmidt idea, the Giants could take one of the Dylans – Cease or Covey. They could also have pitcher Manny Baneulos and possibly even an outfielder like Blake Rutherford. They have so many needs and the Sox could fill all of them.
The Giants owe Bumgarner $12 million for 2019. He becomes a free agent in 2020. Like Goldschmidt, he would be a player worth locking up if a trade is made. Bumgarner is only 29 years old and the left-handed pitcher has, also like Goldschmidt, been nothing but consistent. His career ERA is a jaw-dropping 3.03. And, he has proven himself to be outstanding in the post-season.
The White Sox could use a marquee player (or several marquee players) to make a difference in the seats and in the standings. Rebuilding can only be tolerated for so long. Eventually, the GM has to make decisions to get into the game. This season could be the one where the Southsiders make it to the top of AL East. Every one of these four men could be player who helps get the Sox there.