Bumgarner gave up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over just two innings Friday against the Royals. After the game, pitching coach Curt Young said that there was nothing wrong with Bumgarner physically, Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bumgarner had cruised against the same Royals team in his last outing, throwing 6.2 innings against them while allowing just one run. For the spring he's got a 20:2 K:BB over 20.2 innings, but has given up 19 runs on 35 hits, including three homers.
Bumgarner allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two over three innings and was saddled with the loss Thursday against Oakland. Bumgarner was hit with his second loss in spring training, although this isn't overly concerning given how early it is in camp. The 29-year-old lefty surrendered a run in the second and fourth innings on the way to a 5-1 loss.
Bumgarner fired three innings of one-run ball while allowing three hits and striking out five in Friday's exhibition against the Reds. Bumgarner gave up six runs in his first spring outing, so Friday's results were closer to what fantasy owners are expecting from the southpaw this season. The 29-year-old did give up a long ball to his first batter, an aspect of his game that will need to improve after he surrendered 1.2 HR/9 over his last two injury-shortened seasons. Bumgarner still managed to pitch his way to a 3.26 ERA in 2018, but a declining velocity and strikeout rate coupled with a career-high 4.03 FIP last season should keep him out of the top tier of pitchers in this year's drafts.
Bumgarner's name has been mentioned in trade talks this offseason, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Bumgarner is the Giants' beloved ace with three World Series titles to his name, but his team is firmly in a rebuild, and the lefty has just one year remaining on his contract. The Brewers and Phillies appear to have the inside track to land Bumgarner, with the Braves also checking in but not actively involved in talks. All three situations would represent a downgrade in home park for the veteran hurler, though each would likely provide more opportunities for him to pick up wins.
The Giants excercised Bumgarner's $12 million club option for 2019, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Bumgarner missed time at the beginning of the season due to injury, but he finished the year strong, posting a 3.26 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 109 punchouts over 129.2 frames. He will hit the open market after the 2019 season.