Dating back to the offseason, even Phillies president Andy MacPhail was on the record saying he would like to get more left-handed in the starting rotation.  After showing interest in free agents Patrick Corbin, J.A. Happ, and at times Dallas Keuchel, the Phillies went forward without a pitching addition.  The Phillies could still make a move, but one of the top left-handed trade candidates this season reportedly has the Phillies on a no-trade list.


So the news for the Phillies is not necessarily bad; it just adds a layer to the acquisition.

Bumgarner has built himself some leverage by naming the teams perhaps most likely to look to acquire his services in a trade.  Should a team such as the Phillies work out a trade with the Giants, that could mean Bumgarner asks for some money to waive his no-trade clause, or perhaps even a contract extension.  That certainly does not rule out the possibility the Phillies trade for Bumgarner, but they might wish to have some certainty before agreeing to a trade what Bumgarner is seeking.

The Phillies have also shown interest in left-handed pitcher Mike Minor and Arizona Diamondbacks left-handed starter Robbie Ray could be available down the stretch.  The Diamondbacks, despite trading star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, are in contention for the National League West and a wild card as of today and therefore might not move Ray.