Akshita Patel

Trade Rumors: Yankees Interested In Talking To Madison Bumgarner Amid Pitching Woes

An injury-plagued New York Yankees are struggling alone at the bottom place in the American League East division with a record of 17-16. The pitching and outfield depth has ceased to exist as the team battles its way to stay alive in the tournament. While the season is still long, baseball remains a funny and highly unpredictable game. Hence, the Yankees must do some damage control now.

A few days ago, the New York Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman, addressed the media and said they are actively looking for trade options in the market to limit the damage caused by the incessant injuries. Recently, a trade potential has opened up, which has grabbed the organization’s attention. An ex-Giants pitcher is up for grabs for the moment. But will a cash-strapped Yankees take the plunge?


MLB Insider Shares Inside Detains On Yankees Trade Talks With Pitcher Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner
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As the New York Yankees continue to deal with injuries to their pitching staff, rumors have swirled about potential trade targets to bolster their rotation. One name that has made the most noise is Madison Bumgarner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona released the pitcher after he posted a 10.26 ERA over his first four starts of the season. MLB insider Jon Heyman wrote via the New York Post that the Yankees, at the moment, are “lukewarm at best” and might indulge in talks soon if they deem him fit for the active roster.

Madison Bumgarner, a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, signed a five-year, $85 million deal with Arizona prior to the 2020 season. While he struggled in his first year with the Diamondbacks, posting a 6.48 ERA in nine starts, he has rebounded somewhat in the next season with a 4.67 ERA. However, this year, the pitcher has looked out of touch. The veteran might not be the player he once was, but he still has the experience and skills to guide the team to perfect wins on any given day. On top of that, the team’s current state might prompt the Yankees to take the plunge after all.

Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino’s Return Likely To Get Further Delayed

Carlos Rodon (L), Luis Severino (R)

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees’ existing rotation continues to battle injuries as the season enters its second month. Carlos Rodon, one of the most hyped buys of the team, now suffered a chronic back injury after initially struggling from a forearm strain. He will receive an injection shot next week, which further delays his return to the pinstripes. As of now, no timeline remains set for his return.

On the other hand, another key piece of the rotation, Luis Severino, was scheduled to start his rehab assignment this week. However, the Yankees mysteriously called off the assignment. Severino will continue hitting bullpen sessions for now. Explaining the move, the team said Luis is not yet ready for a full ball game, and they want him to play in a comfortable and secure environment. This move would now delay the pitcher’s return to the rotation.