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Reds, Rangers had Derek Holland interest before he re-signed with Giants

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Reds, Rangers had Derek Holland interest before he re-signed with Giants

The Giants brought back starting pitcher Derek Holland on a one-year deal on Monday, which could be the start of more additions to the pitching staff.

Well, the team did make a pitching hire on Tuesday, but in the baseball operations department: hiring Matt Daniels as their coordinator of pitching analysis.

But back to Holland ...

The 31-year-old boasted solid numbers in 2018, with a 3.57 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 171.1 innings with the orange and black. And it turns out the former Ranger also received interest this offseason from his previous team and the Reds.

The Reds made a few pitching moves this offseason including losing free agent Matt Harvey to the Angels. Pitcher Homer Bailey also said his farewells in a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers, so starting pitching was certainly on the team's to-do list. It's on every team's to-do list, but you get the point.

NBC Sports Bay Area has learned the Rangers had interest in him in a possible reliever role, but bowed out in the end. Keeping him in the NL West would appear may be more beneficial to the lefty than the high-powered AL West anyway.

During the interview with MLB Network, Holland also took a few moments to talk about the man of the hour, or the man of the offseason, Madison Bumgarner.

MadBum has been a constant in trade talks for the Giants, but at the moment Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is keeping him around. 

Holland must be pretty happy about that.

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi shuts down latest Madison Bumgarner trade rumors

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Giants’ Farhan Zaidi shuts down latest Madison Bumgarner trade rumors

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Friday he expects the team to make a roster move via free agency or a trade "in the next three or four days."

It sure sounds like that won't be the Giants trading ace starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

Earlier in the week, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported San Francisco was discussing a Bumgarner trade with the Brewers. Zaidi emphatically shut down the notion.

"I can tell you who I haven't talked to, and that's Jon Morosi," Zaidi said on KNBR. "I don't know where he's getting this stuff, but it's not from me."

Ever since Zaidi joined the Giants in November, he has been hounded with trade rumors regarding Bumgarner. The former World Series hero is entering the final season of his contract with the Giants, and the sides have been in contact throughout the offseason. 

"I have been able to communicate with him [Bumgarner], both directly and through his representation. I know how badly he wants to be here," Zaidi said. "And again, we have a goal of being competitive in 2019. He's a huge part of that." 

It's no surprise that teams would call for Bumgarner. The Giants have a thin farm system, and from the outside looking in, the team does not look close to title contention at the moment.

One thing is clear from Zaidi, though -- teams are calling the Giants, not the other way around. 

"We spent this offseason having to be realistic with where we are and being willing to listen on anything," Zaidi said. "But it doesn't change the fact that Madison Bumgarner is a very central cog to this team. 

"Nobody is making any outgoing calls on Madison Bumgarner. If a team calls about any of our players, we're in a position where we have to listen." 

The Giants very well could dangle Bumgarner at the trade deadline if they're not in position for the playoffs. But from the man making the decisions himself, Bumgarner isn’t going anywhere.

At least for now.

MLB rumors: Giants want young Brewers pitcher in Madison Bumgarner trade

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MLB rumors: Giants want young Brewers pitcher in Madison Bumgarner trade

If you're wondering who the San Francisco Giants might target in a potential Madison Bumgarner trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, we now have a few names to ponder.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi cited a source in reporting Tuesday that the Giants have made it clear they "would need" one of these three right-handed pitchers in any deal: Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff or Freddy Peralta.

So, what do we know about these three pitchers?

After working as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, Burnes made his major league debut in 2018 and worked out of the bullpen for the Brewers. In 30 games, the 24-year-old went 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 38 innings.

Burnes has some local ties. He grew up in Bakersfield and went to school at St. Mary's in Moraga.

Woodruff, 25, made four starts and 15 relief appearances for the Brewers in 2018. He posted a 3.61 ERA and struck out 47 batters in 42.1 innings.

Peralta is the youngest of the three. At 22 years old, he made 14 starts and two relief appearances in 2018. He struck out 96 batters in 78.1 innings, but he also walked 40 batters.

All three players are pre-arbitration eligible and won't become free agents until after the 2024 season.

Morosi indicated Monday that the Giants have set a "pretty high price tag" in Bumgarner trade talks, so you can expect a top prospect or two to be included in any deal with the Brewers.