Another key free agent domino is off the board as Madison Bumgarner signed a five year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeff Passan of ESPN broke the news.
BREAKING: Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks are nearing a five-year deal, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 15, 2019
Last season Bumgarner went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 207.2 innings pitched. 2019 made the first healthy season Bumgarner had since 2016. The Diamondbacks are hoping that the former ace can return to his former self.
Arizona is coming off a surprise season that saw them go 85-77 and finish four games out of the second Wild Card spot. The Diamondbacks were expected to struggle after they lost Patrick Corbin, Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock to free agency. They also traded away ace Zack Greinke. Instead Arizona was able to retool on the fly and stuck around to the very end. Now they add one of the top arms on the open market in an attempt to make it back to the postseason.
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