By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
While Nightengale says the Twins are very interested in Bumgarner, ESPN’s Jeff Passan says Minnesota has not engaged San Francisco yet in “high level talks.” He also adds that there has not been much traction yet on a trade.
According to Passan, the Twins are also interested in Giants pitcher Will Smith. The 29-year-old Newman, Georgia native has played for three teams during his MLB career.
Smith has spent the last two plus seasons with the Giants. He also spent two plus seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
He spent the first two years of his career with the Kansas City Royals.
This season, Smith is 1-0 in 33 games, including 31 games finished. He also has a 1.95 ERA with seven runs (seven earned runs), including three home runs, in 32 1/3 innings.
The 29-year-old Hickory, North Carolina native has spent 11 seasons with the Giants. He’s also a three-time World Series Champion, including being named the World Series MVP once.
Bumgarner — who will be a free agent this off-season — has a 4-7 record with a 4.21 ERA in 17 starts. He allowed 56 runs (48 earned runs), including 17 home runs in 102 2/3 innings.
In his last game on Tuesday night, Bumgarner went six innings against the Colorado Rockies. He allowed two runs (two earned runs) on three hits. He also struck out a season-high 11 batters.
If Bumgarner is moved, whoever acquires him will get a top-of-the-line pitcher despite that he is not the ace that he used to be.