Cliff Floyd: Braves Should Trade For Stroman

Marcus Stroman and Madison Bumgarner, among others, could be on the move before the MLB trade deadline

Tiki and Tierney
July 17, 2019 - 8:22 pm

With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching, any number of players could be on the move.

But who’s the biggest? Who’s the biggest name available – or the biggest name who should be available?

“It’s got to be Madison Bumgarner,” MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd said on Tiki & Tierney. “The Giants are only three (games) out (in the Wild Card), but are they going to add any pieces to put them in position where they can win one of those spots? You can’t be foolish. You got to make this deal unless something crazy happens. I just feel like he’s the biggest name out there.”

Bumgarner is 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and has 121 strikeouts to 25 walks on the season. The Giants (47-49) trail the Dodgers (63-34) by 15.5 games in the NL West.

Brandon Tierney, though, wondered if Toronto’s Marcus Stroman is the more attractive option. He is 5-10 with a 3.25 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and has 88 strikeouts to 34 walks on the season.

Stroman is a worthwhile commodity, no?

“Oh, 100 percent,” Floyd said. “I see Stro a lot. The one thing with Stro, he’s tamed himself. He hasn’t secured his bag. And people always say, ‘What’s the bag?’ His moneybag. He’s chilled out. He knows how important it is to go out there and do what he’s been doing. He’s been pitching great.”

Floyd believes there is at least one NL East team in need of Stroman’s services.

“I’ve been saying all along he should go to the Braves,” Floyd said. “Alex Anthopoulos is there. He knows him well. It makes a lot of sense. The Braves need a guy like Stroman. It is an argument (between Stroman and Bumgarner) if you talk about where Stroman is and as far as MadBum hasn’t been as crisp. We know the importance of what MadBum has done in his career: down the stretch, ice in his veins, ‘Give me the ball and get out of my way, and I’ll give you that pennant.’”

Click below to listen to Floyd’s interview in its entirety.