When San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner submitted his no-trade list to the franchise, there was one important team allegedly left off the list: the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter that the list the Giants’ ace submitted included the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.
“Bumgarner chose teams strategically; list comprised solely of contenders that might want to acquire him from #SFGiants, not teams he wants to avoid,” Rosenthal wrote.
A no-trade clause, which MadBum has in his contract with the Giants, allows the player to veto trades to certain teams. Players normally use it to decide specifically where they want to go, if traded, and leverage incentives in exchange for them to withhold their veto of team on their no-trade list.
All of the teams Bumgarner included on the no-trade list are leading their division or within five games of the lead in their respective division. They’re all “contenders,” as Rosenthal put it.
But the Dodgers, the notorious rival of the Giants, are currently the leaders of the National League West division; the Giants are at the bottom of the standings.
Bumgarner wouldn’t say whether or not he was in conversation with the Giants about a possible trade when asked in March. “I have too much respect for this organization to talk about contractual stuff publicly,” he told reporters at the time.
The Giants fan favorite has been with the franchise for the entirety of his 11-year career, but is available as a free agent in 2020.