What would it take to get: Madbum, Belt & Panik from the Giants?
If I was the Giants... I wouldn't be as concerned about moving money off the books as I would be about tearing it down and rebuilding a pretty crappy farm system. In other words... I wouldn't want anything to lessen the decent prospects I would get back in a Madison Bumgarner deal.
Madbum is a bargain at 12M. He has 1 year left and will probably cost some prospects that we'd hate to give up.
Brandon Belt has 3 years left on his deal at 17.2 million a year and the Giants would love to move his contract to anyone who would take it.
Panik... He's alright... He has two years of control and just might fetch a prospect in return.
Basically... If I'm Farhan Zaidi... I'm keeping Belt as far away from a Bumgarner trade as possible.
I would absolutely start tearing it down and I'd be moving any player that brought back a decent prospect because I think they are in a bad place at the moment. The problem is that they don't have a lot of players who will bring back decent prospects. They are old, expensive, injured or under-performing primarily.
I'm trading Bumgarner in a deal all by himself for maximum return of prospects.
The Giants have always had high payroll so I'm eating the Belt deal and taking whatever production he gives me for the duration because no GM is going to call asking for him.
Any team, that calls for Bumgarner, will hear Zaidi on the other end asking for whoever their top prospect and he probably won't move from that position.
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