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Madison Bumgarner Signs with the Arizona Diamondbacks

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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.

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.

Bumgarner will join Robbie Ray and Zac Gallen in the Diamondbacks rotation. He brings plenty of veteran leadership and most importantly playoff experience to the desert.

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2021 MLB Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks February 24, 2021 at 8:51 am

[…] There’s no way to sugarcoat this: outside of Zac Gallen’s fantastic season and five outstanding starts from KBO legend Merrill Kelly, the Arizona rotation looked incredibly bleak. Opposing hitters absolutely torched MadBum during his first year in Phoenix, to the tune of a .613 xSLG and a .391 xWOBA against. His 6.48 ERA, compiled over 41 2/3 innings, actually outperformed his 7.13 FIP. Bumgarner’s Statcast profile would be embarrassing for Corey Oswalt, let alone a former Cy Young candidate who’s under contract for four more seasons and 79 million more dollars. […]

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