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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Report: Bumgarner submits 8-team no-trade list

Leverage to do what? If he doesn’t sign in SF, it’s clearly in his best interest to get traded.

Now, the fact that those teams are on Bumgarner’s list doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to avoid them. Rather, it’s a way for Bumgarner to gain some leverage over his situation, as the eight teams are all contenders that could be interested in acquiring him before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

As Rosenthal notes, Bumgarner will likely be motivated to approve a trade because players who are dealt during the season are not eligible to receive a qualifying offer in free agency the following offseason.

Up until the next year’s MLB Draft, teams need to forfeit one or more picks to sign a free agent who rejected a qualifying offer, which can sometimes put a damper on a player’s free-agent value. That is believed to be one of the reasons why Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel remain unsigned, as both players rejected qualifying offers. The market for each player is expected to pick up once the Draft passes June 3-5.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2019 at 10:43 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 12, 2019 at 01:47 AM (#5841154)
Yeah, it's hard to say. Normally leverage in a situation like this is to try to force the new team to pick up an expensive option ... or maybe force them not to pick up an option if it's a cheap one although I'm not sure there are actual examples of that. But there's no option to be picked up here.. I suppose it gives him some small chance of pushing the acquiring team to offer him a long-term extension. And of course just good old exercising as much control as he can over where he ends up.
   2. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: May 12, 2019 at 02:35 AM (#5841157)
Taking away SF's leverage in trade talks is good for him, because the team that trades for him will have to give up less, leaving them in better shape going forward, right?

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