This season, Bumgarner is just 2-4 with a 3.99 ERA in eight starts for the Giants, who are 16-22 and in last place in the National League West.
If The Giants do have an itch to pull the trigger, Bumgarner reportedly has several teams on his list that he does not want to be traded to.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Red Sox are on Bumgarner's no-trade list. They are among eight teams that appear to be legitimate World Series contenders. The no-trade list is an additional obstacle Boston will have to deal with if things get to that point.
Bumgarner could be motivated to approve a trade because players dealt in the season are not eligible to receive a qualifying offer in free agency during the offseason. This simply gives him a measure of control if he ends up having multiple options. If they continue to have trouble keeping their pitchers healthy, adding another arm would be smart. And Bumgarner may be one of the best on the market.
So far, Bumgarner is 2-4 with a 3.99 ERA in eight starts for the awful Giants, who sit in last place in the American League West at 16-22. He has a 3.99 ERA and 1.148 WHIP with 51 strike outs in 49.2 innings pitched this season. That could be enough to push a contending team over the edge, especially a team like the Red Sox that has few lefties in the bullpen. That move will increase his leverage near the trade deadline, when the Giants are expected to shop him and other veterans.