Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Bumgarner Trade Talks Rekindle

Major League Baseball’s hot stove keeps on trucking. Some fairly big names have begun to be tossed around in trade conversations, the free agency rumor mill continues to turn, and there were a few minor moves.

Giants, Brewers Discussing Bumgarner

As per Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the San Francisco Giants are speaking with the Milwaukee Brewers regarding the ace of their staff, left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

“In initial [Bumgarner] trade talks with [the] Brewers,” Morosi tweeted. “[The] Giants indicated that a young starting pitcher — Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, or Freddy Peralta — would need to be part of [the] offer for [a] deal to occur.”

Bumgarner, 29, is a four-time National League All-Star and three-time World Series champion with a 3.03 earned-run average, 3.25 fielding independent pitching rating, 4.13 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, and 1.108 WHIP over his ten-year MLB career.

After missing the first two-plus months of the 2018 season due to a broken bone in his hand suffered on Opening Day, the veteran southpaw pitched to a 3.26 ERA and 1.242 WHIP over 21 starts (129.2 innings) with 109 strikeouts and 43 walks.

Realmuto Talks Heating Up With Braves

Craig Mish of SiriusXM notes that trade negotiations between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves have begun to heat up again, with another, unexpected suitor still lurking for catcher J.T. Realmuto‘s services.

“Sources indicate [the] Braves and Marlins have talked again about Realmuto,” Mish wrote. “Braves appear to be waiting Marlins out. [The] Rays remain a possibility.”

Realmuto, 27, hit .277/.340/.484 last season and has a .278/.336/.467 slash line since the start of 2017 with 38 home runs, 138 RBI, 61 doubles, and a 121 OPS+ rating over 266 games played (1,110 plate appearances).

Castellanos Trade Winds Have Quieted

In another report from Morosi, talks have all but stalled between Detroit and Atlanta regarding Tigers infielder and outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, rumored to be on the trade block earlier in the offseason as well as being linked to the Mets.

“Tigers trade talks with [the] Braves on [Castellanos] have not progressed since dialogue last month […], a source says,” Morosi wrote, adding that Atlanta “remains active in [the] corner outfield market”.

A career .274/.323/.459 hitter, the 26-year-old slashed .298/.354/.500 in 157 games for Detroit last season with 23 home runs, 89 runs batted in, 46 doubles, and a career-high 130 OPS+ rating.

Quick Notes

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports notes that as representatives from the Phillies prepare to meet with free agent superstar Bryce Harper, “they are still among [the] known trio in on [Manny Machado] as well”, alluding to the highly unlikely scenario that both sign with Philadelphia. He named Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, and A.J. Pollock as potential fall-back options.

The New York Yankees announced that after undergoing an angioplasty in December, left-handed starter CC Sabathia has been “cleared to begin working out, which will include baseball activities”.

That can’t be great for any remaining chance Sonny Gray stays in New York through the offseason. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been outspoken in his attempts to trade the 29-year-old right-hander.

As per Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have traded right-handed reliever Jamie Schultz to the Dodgers for minor-league right-hander Caleb Sampen.

Schultz, 27, pitched to a 2.45 ERA in three appearances for the Rays last season and a 6.75 ERA over 32 appearances for Triple-A Durham in 2018.

Former Marlins catcher and first baseman Tomas Telis is “reviewing” a contract presented to him by the Minnesota Twins and is “very close to signing”, as per Carlos V. Rodriguez of

Telis, 27, hit .207/.258/.241 in 31 plate appearances for the Marlins in 2018, Over 48 games in 2017, the Venezuelan native slashed .240/.279/.346 with a 70 OPS+ rating.

As per Rahul Setty of Halos Haven, right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne has come to terms with the Cincinnati Reds on a minor-league contract. Ben Nicholson-Smith of is reporting that the 31-year-old Cuban native will earn $850,000 if in the majors.

Despaigne pitched to a 6.69 ERA over 19 appearances last season (five starts) with a 4.31 FIP, a 1.84 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 1.821 WHIP.

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