Madison Bumgarner applied pressure to his boss.
His boss thinks that’s “great.”
After the ace’s passionate remarks Friday stating the Giants can be a playoff team and he doesn’t “give a shit” about the trade rumors circulating, Farhan Zaidi thought that was a move a leader makes.
“I wish I could say I don’t care about the trade deadline, or even use some of the colorful language he did,” the president of baseball operations said before the Giants beat the Mets, 3-2 in 12 innings Sunday at Oracle Park. “That’s a nice way to be able to address all that stuff.
“I think it’s great. Having a team of very motivated guys that want to win, [clearing] out the distractions is important. Obviously the guys here take their cues from him, so that was great.”
The fate of Bumgarner — and several trade candidates on the team — remains very much up in the air as the Giants (50-50) remained 2 1/2 games off pace in the wild-card race, a stunning turn for a team that has been as low as 12 games under .500. Zaidi will have decisions to make.
“If we continue to play well, obviously that’ll color things in a certain way,” Zaidi said.