12/15 17:47 CST Longtime Giants ace Bumgarner, D-backs reach $85M, 5-yr deal
Longtime Giants ace Bumgarner, D-backs reach $85M, 5-yr deal
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --- Longtime Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has reached
agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on an $85 million, five-year contract
that ends his run of success in San Francisco, a person with direct knowledge
of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the 2014 World Series MVP
still needed to pass a physical to complete the contract.
Bumgarner pitched 11 seasons for the Giants but knew his time likely had ended.
He bid farewell along with retiring manager Bruce Bochy on the final day of the
MadBum will see a lot of his former team early next season, too. Arizona plays
the Giants in seven of its first 13 games, including a series that begins in
San Francisco on April 6.
"I'm very excited to be playing with Madison again! He is the ultimate
competitor and I know he will help us immensely," said new Arizona catcher
Stephen Vogt, a 2019 teammate with Bumgarner in San Francisco. "This team is
already in a good position and adding someone like Bum will only add to that!"
The Giants said during the winter meetings this past week in San Diego they had
remained in contact with representatives for the 30-year-old Bumgarner, who
helped them win World Series titles in 2010, ?12 and '14.
The seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers also were among the clubs
interested in signing the free agent.
Bumgarner went 9-9 with a career-high 3.90 ERA last season. The lefty has been
especially valuable in postseason play --- he is 4-0 with a memorable Game 7
save and an 0.25 ERA in World Series play, and has pitched two shutouts in NL
This marks the second time in four years the typically frugal Diamondbacks have
signed a top-tier free-agent pitcher. In 2015, Arizona added right-hander Zack
Greinke on a $206.5 million, six-year deal.
Arizona went 85-77 last season and traded Greinke to Houston in late July. The
Diamondbacks haven't had a lot of success in October lately, not winning a game
in the NL Championship Series round since taking their only World Series title
Bumgarner will join a rotation that includes left-handers Robbie Ray and Alex
Young, right-handers Merrill Kelly and Mike Leake. Ray is entering the final
year of his contract.
Bumgarner matched his career high with the 34 starts this year, moving past two
frustrating, injury-shortened seasons.
The four-time All-Star missed nearly three months in 2017 after an April dirt
bike accident during an off day in Colorado. Then Bumgarner broke the pinkie on
his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive from Kansas City's Whit
Merrifield in his final 2018 spring training start, undergoing surgery to
insert pins into the finger. He returned in June that year and wound up 6-7
with a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts and 129 2/3 innings.
When the 2019 season ended, Bumgarner prepared for his tenure in San Francisco
to come to an end. The Giants are looking to move forward with a younger roster
and smaller payroll while trying to build back into a consistent contender.
Many figured Bumgarner would be gone by the All-Star break, but the Giants
opted not to trade him. The Giants exercised his $12 million contract option
for 2019, the final year in a $35.56 million, six-year deal he signed in April
2012 that included $12 million club options for both 2018 and '19.
AP Sports Writer John Marshall in Phoenix contributed to this report.
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