Giants starter Madison Bumgarner didn't "give a s--t," when asked about the continued trade rumors circling around him on Thursday night. But whether he knew it or not, there was representation from the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins watching him, MLB Network Insider Jon Morosi reported Friday morning.
#RedSox had a high-level scout watching the Madison Bumgarner-Noah Syndergaard matchup in San Francisco last night. It is possible that #SFGiants relievers were the primary focus of that assignment. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 19, 2019
Source: #Twins had a top talent evaluator in San Francisco for last night's Madison Bumgarner-Noah Syndergaard matchup. Minnesota has the prospects to make a strong play for either starter and also has interest in the #SFGiants relievers. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 19, 2019
But they weren't alone.
Special assistants from the Rays, Braves, Phillies, Padres and Dodgers were there, but they may have been focused on more than MadBum, Morosi said on MLB Network Friday morning. But the recent surge could change some things.
Following Bum's nine-inning, six strikeout performance and the way the Giants have been playing, "More likely than not, but there is no longer a certainty he gets moved by July 31."
The hard trade deadline at the end of the month is rapidly approaching and teams aren't messing around. Morosi said there are multiple organizations making efforts to watch the four-time All-Star. There were "many scouts" at Oracle Park on Thursday night, but not all of them were there for him.
Morosi added the Red Sox are in the market for a reliever, but likely do not possess enough prospects for the ace. But Will Smith could create a better, more affordable package.
The Dodgers still have interest in adding to their bullpen, and the Braves and Phillies are "very much involved in the Bumgarner pursuit," Morosi added.
And the Yankees are always eyeing the pitching market and will be aggressive.
The hot stove remains lit.