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MLB rumors: Giants will ride 'wave of wins' before deciding to buy or sell

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MLB rumors: Giants will ride 'wave of wins' before deciding to buy or sell

It's almost decision time for Farhan Zaidi.

Through the first three months of the season, it appeared to be obvious that Zaidi and the Giants would be sellers at the MLB trade deadline. But then, things changed. 

After their loss to the Mets on Saturday, the Giants now are 14-3 in July. They currently sit at 49-50 and are 2 1/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

The current winning streak appears to have changed the Giants' line of thinking as the July 31 deadline approaches, at least for the moment.

With the team now firmly back in the playoff discussion, the Giants are set to "ride out the current wave of wins" before determining a course, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Sunday, citing a source. 

The Giants will finish a four-game series with the Mets on Sunday before facing the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres for three games apiece. Those six games could determine whether or not the Giants decide to trade the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson. If their hot streak continues and the trade market sees an influx of pitchers, it appears the Giants will hold onto their pieces and see Bumgarner, Buster Posey and the rest of the old guard have a little magic left in the bottle.

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The Giants won't win the division, but their current winning streak has them dreaming of October, and one last playoff ride for Bruce Bochy.

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.

Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.

So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.

"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have a mutual interest in a deal.

Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

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Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course, he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

The teams in the NL West appear to really like free agent Madison Bumgarner.

The Padres are the latest team to show interest in the former Giants ace.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday night that the Padres are "taking close looks" at Bumgarner and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

Bumgarner has been linked to the Dodgers and D-backs this week. The Rockies are the only NL West foe not to be linked to the 2014 World Series MVP. The Angels, in the AL West, reportedly are also pursuing Bumgarner after missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

With Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the free-agent market, Bumgarner, Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best available arms remaining.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday night, citing sources, that there is mutual interest between Bumgarner and the Dodgers. The Giants are still talking to Bumgarner's representatives, according to Farhan Zaidi.

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Most Giants fans would like to see Bumgarner return to San Francisco. But if he doesn't, they would probably prefer if he leaves the NL West. It would be tough to watch the longtime face of the Giants come back to pitch against his former team multiple times a year.