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 watching him.
#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
But they weren't alone.
Special assistance via the Rays, Braves, Phillies, Padres and Dodgers were there, but they may have been focused on more than MadBum, MLB insider 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 more than likely do not possess not the prospects for the ace. But Will Smith could create a better, more affordable package.
The Dodgers still have interest in the 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.