The San Francisco Giants possess one of the most coveted assets of this trading season in ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner, and are already said to be speaking with interested teams.
However, Giants president Farhan Zaidi seems determined to only move Bumgarner on his terms, and has told interested parties that he won't trade the pitcher if his asking price is not met, industry sources told Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
Zaidi "made it clear the Giants will not treat Bumgarner as a yard-sale item that must be cleared off the driveway before moving day," Baggarly wrote.
If no team presents an offer that satisfies Zaidi, the Giants can hold onto Bumgarner, a pending free agent, for the balance of this season. They can then make him a qualifying offer, which - assuming he declines it - would entitle the Giants to draft-pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.