MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz on Possible Giants, Mets Trade, Peter Bourjos and More

Jacob Shafer@@jacobshaferFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after giving up a home run to Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants are scrambling in the wake of Madison Bumgarner's broken left pinkie. The southpaw ace had pins inserted into his throwing hand on Saturday after absorbing a line drive from the Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield and will be out likely until June, per Daniel Brown of the Mercury News.

With right-hander Jeff Samardzija also sidelined by a pectoral injury, the Giants need to bolster a rotation that features Johnny Cueto and a cast of untested youngsters, including Ty Blach and Chris Stratton, plus 31-year-old Derek Holland, who posted a 6.20 ERA last season for the Chicago White Sox.

All of the top- and mid-tier pitching free agents are off the board. San Francisco could go the trade route, however.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi speculated the Giants might link up with the New York Mets, who have weathered multiple injuries to their starting corps in recent years but have a surplus of arms at the moment.

Interestingly, one such arm is right-hander Zack Wheeler, whom the Mets optioned to Triple-A on Saturday, per ESPN.com. Wheeler was chosen sixth overall by the Giants in the 2009 amateur draft before the team dealt him to the Mets in 2011 for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22:  Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets in action against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field on July 22, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Athletics 6-5.  (Photo by Jim
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It's unclear if the Giants possess the trade chips to acquire Wheeler or any of the Mets' arms, especially since New York is "unlikely to make any such move" at the moment, as Morosi noted.

Elsewhere in MLB, outfielder Peter Bourjos signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Atlanta Braves, per MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams

The 30-year-old hit .326 in 18 spring contests with the Chicago Cubs before the Cubbies cut him loose and owns a lifetime .241 average in parts of eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays.

In other MLB news, the Toronto Blue Jays re-signed left-handed reliever Craig Breslow after releasing him in a procedural move, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca. 

In 37 games in 2017 with the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, the 37-year-old limited left-handed hitters to a .196 average and may play a notable role in Toronto's bullpen. 

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