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Giants’ haul in Madison Bumgarner trade ‘not going to be great’

It’s widely expected that the San Francisco Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner before the deadline, and it appears the haul the team will receive in exchange for the veteran starter may prove to be somewhat underwhelming.

Speaking ahead of Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Progressive Field, Ken Rosenthal, MLB insider for FOX Sports and The Athletic, stated that despite Bumgarner’s pedigree, the Giants may have to temper their expectations about what the organization will receive in return in a potential deal.

“I do expect that he will be traded,”¬†Rosenthal said of Bumgarner.¬†“I do expect that he will bring a return similar to what the Rangers got for Yu Darvish a couple of years ago. It’s not going to be great. He’s a potential free agent. Two months of Madison Bumgarner. You’re not getting the world for him.”

The haul received by the Rangers when the team dealt Darvish to the Dodgers at the 2017 trade deadline did not yield what arguably was to be expected for an ace-caliber pitcher, and it appears that may be the case as well for Bumgarner.

That said, Bumgarner has not enjoyed the greatest campaign so far this season, either (5-7, 4.03 ERA, 1.20 WHIP in 111.2 innings pitched over 19 starts). Still, any team interested in Bumgarner obviously is intrigued by his otherworldly postseason performances over the years, outstanding appearances that already rank among the stuff of legend.

The latest reporting from Rosenthal suggests that the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers have joined the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees as potential Bumgarner suitors.

Those five teams certainly have prospects in their respective systems that may pique the Giants’ interest, but if the speculation concerning the pitcher’s trade-market value is correct, the Giants may be left somewhat disappointed in what comes back to them in any deal.