Madison Bumgarner stays in the west.
The free agent is preparing to sign with the Diamondbacks on a five-year deal, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
INTERVIEW: Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and Arizona Diamondbacks are approaching a five-year deal, sources familiar with the deal say on ESPN.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 15, 2019
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The deal includes $ 85 million over those five years, with $ 15 million deferred per Athlete’s Ken Rosenthal.
Bumgarner, 30, is coming off a decent season with the Giants, though not quite at Bumgarner levels. It’s worth 2.5 bWAR in 34 starts, recovering from two seasons of injury reduction in previous years.
In 2017, Bumgarner was sidelined after injuring his shoulder in the famous dirt bike accident. In 2018, he was hospitalized with a hand injury, an injury suffered by a comebacker in spring training.
The deal is pretty low risk for the Diamondbacks. The total of $ 85 million is unbearable if the team cannot compete in a few years and Bumgarner could probably benefit from a change of scenery. The Diamondbacks, with a solid No. 2 or No. 3 at Bumgarner – depending on the type shown – can make a trip to the NL Wild Card in 2020.