The Deal of All Deals
Welcome Madison Bumgarner: On December 15, 2019 the Arizona Diamondbacks signed LHP Madison Bumgarner! MadBum the pitcher who spent 11 seasons with the San Francisco Giants is now in the Valley of the Sun. What an addition to the Dbacks starting rotation. Madison Bumgarner will be paired up with LHP Robbie Ray, Rookie Alex Young, and Luke Weaver.
Diamondbacks Making Moves
Mike Hazen since taking over the Dbacks has found ways to re-build a team and make a push for play offs. Bumgarner signed a 5-year deal with Arizona for $85 million dollars plus $15 mil deferred. Quite a steal for the quality start this pitcher provides in the rotation. This also leads to Madison being the highest paid player in the roster taking the number 1 spot away from Yasmany Tomas.
MadBum 2019 STATS
Let’s take a look into Madison’s STATS throughout the years. The lefty pitcher has made 34 starts this season tied for a career high reaching a 3.90 ERA which has been on the highest in the past 11 seasons. In 2019 the pitcher ended the season with 203 SO, 207.2 IP, 1.13 WHIP, 9 wins, and 9 losses.
The Career Of A Future HOF
If looking career wise MadBum has had 1794 SO, 3.13 ERA, 1.11, 1846.0 IP, started 289 games, 119 wins and 92 losses.Madison Bumgarner is a 4x NL All Star and has been in 3 World Series. Also landed the MVP title in the WS in 2014 and the NLCS that same year. Not to mention 2 silver slugger awards (2014,2015) and the Babe Ruth Award in 2014. A quality resume for a quality pitcher the possibly missing puzzle piece in the Dbacks defense.
The missing piece in the Rotation
What Bumgarner can do for Arizona? The Diamondbacks since 2017 have been contenders of a playoff spot minus the downfall this past season where the Wild Card spot slowly drifted away during the second half. The 2014 World Series MVP can bring strength to the Dbacks rotation after the loss of Zach Greinke.
Besides Robbie Ray most of the pitchers in the Dbacks rotation are still establishing a motion. Madison provides a veteran leadership that is needed to improve the quality of pitching in the rotation. When it comes to what is lacking within the Arizona rotation pitching is the main downfall for this team and it looks like Mike Hazen is ready to mix it up.
Dback play-off contenders
With the signing of Madison Bumgarner does this lead to the Dbacks possibly making a splash in the 2020 play offs. It may be quite the stretch to state but it does add fire to a much needed pitching squad. One pitcher does not make a difference within a wounded squad but it is a start of interesting 2020 season.
At times when fans think play-off names like Dodgers, Yankees, Indians, and Boston come to mind, however the beauty of baseball is that it is always unpredictable. All the can be said at this moment however is Welcome To Arizona MadBum !
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