A deal for Madison Bumgarner
Keeping the Verlander deal in the back of my mind, I realize that Rooker and Balazovic are going to have to be involved in any deal the Twins are in with the Giants. In this case, Reuter is willing to go a little lighter on the back end of the deal and would accept Gordon coming over instead of the two lesser-known outfield prospects.
With Gordon being blocked by Lewis and Jorge Polanco at the major league level, he also has a new prospect behind him in 2019 first-round pick Keoni Cavaco and Wander Javier. With the glut of shortstops in the Twins system, Gordon seems like a reasonable third piece that the Twins could do without and still gives the Giants three top 11 prospects, which falls into the same neighborhood as the Verlander deal.
The Twins could hope that Bumgarner would pay off in the same fashion as Verlander has revived his career thanks to the analytics the Astros use with their pitchers. While Bumgarner may only be a one-year rental, he provides elite playoff experience and if the Twins could revive him in the same fashion they have given Martin Perez, Michael Pineda and Kyle Gibson a bump this year, it could be worth giving up on the long-term upside.