Giants signal likely Madison Bumgarner exit by cutting ties with Kevin Pillar
The Giants severed ties with their co-home run leader, RBI leader and most inspirational player. That doesn’t bode well for fans hoping the Giants will bring back Madison Bumgarner. In explaining why popular center fielder Kevin Pillar wasn’t tendered a contract Monday, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said it wasn’t about finances as much as looking deeper into the future and opening doors to younger players. Zaidi’s decisions areSan Francisco Giants' center fielder Kevin Pillar in 2nd inning against San Diego Padres during MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, April 8, 2019.
Surf AD- FREE . Madison Bumgarner . Position: Pitcher. Bats: Right • Throws: Left. 12/9 Representatives of southpaw Madison Bumgarner have informed interested organizations that he’s looking to top nine figures over five years with his first free agent contract, Bob Nightengale of USA
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner lets out a primal yell after retiring the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at AT&T Park in San Since the free agency era began in 1976, only one other left-handed pitcher has compiled a lower ERA in their first decade of starting than Bumgarner ’s
The Giants “remain engaged” on franchise legend, according to the last check of the San Francisco Chronicle’s . Obviously, the word “engaged” can be taken to mean any number of things, ranging from casual contact to protracted negotiation. It is notable, though, that Bumgarner’s longtime team apparently hasn’t been scared off by the increasing amount of competition for his services.
Since November, we’ve heard the Twins, Padres, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals all linked to the lefthander to varying degrees. It became clear that MadBum’s reps were seeking something in excess of $100M after they apparently passed on a reportedfrom Arizona earlier this offseason. Recent ceiling-raising deals for and have likely only helped position a nine-figure contract as a probable outcome.
As free agency dominoes fall, Madison Bumgarner is expected to fetch at least $100 million
With Zack Wheeler off the market, teams who lost out in pursuit of the right-hander may turn their attention to Bumgarner.With the Philadelphia Phillies signing Zack Wheeler for $118 million and the Atlanta Braves landing Cole Hamels on a one-year, $18 million deal, those two teams are now out of the market now for Bumgarner, according to two executives familiar with the clubs' thinking.
The Giants are “willing to engage ” with rival organizations on trade scenarios involving star lefty Madison Bumgarner , according to a report from After all, the upside here is limited by the fact that Bumgarner is one season away from free agency . His MM contract is plenty reasonable despite
The Giants “ remain engaged ” on franchise legend Madison Bumgarner , according to the last check of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman (link). Obviously, the word “ engaged ” can be taken to mean any number of things–ranging from casual contact to protracted negotiation.
More Saturday notes from around the NL…
- Add Reds pitcher to those critical of proposed changes from Rob Manfred and the league office. Well, perhaps “critical” doesn’t exactly do Bauer’s comments justice. Maybe “scorched earth” would be a better descriptor? “At least Rob Manfred is trying to ruin baseball at all levels and isn’t discriminating,” Bauer Saturday. “Something to be said for consistency, I guess.” Bauer then asked followers what their “most hated Rob Manfred idea” was, before following up with a that characterized Manfred’s proposed changes as a “money grab”. While players should be entitled to their own opinions, it rates as newsworthy to see a public-facing employee criticize a central administrative office so, well, publicly. Whether other players share Bauer’s enmity toward proposed changes, which center around minor league contraction, is an open question.
- Although it remains to be seen if his club will make a front-end addition to its pitching staff, Padres GM AJ Preller certainly feels like their addition will help make its bullpen one of MLB’s best. “I think the way Drew pitched at the end of last season, what Kirby’s done the last three years and especially last year, we feel really good about the back part of our bullpen,” Preller said of pairing Pomeranz with closer , as quoted from Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Interestingly, Preller also made some comments that, if we’re inclined to close reading, could be seen as something of a statement on Yates’ future with the club. “If that ends up being something that plays out for us over the course of Drew’s four years, and we have lights out back of the bullpen, that would be ideal, honestly,” Preller said. Yates only has one year of control remaining, and extension talks have seemed rather -and- to this point. Preller didn’t mention the Hawaiian by name in the last part of that quote, and his use of the word “ideal” should also be noted; still, it does give some indication of how the team’s top baseball operations mind envisions the club’s pen in future seasons. Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune that the club plans to resume contract talks with Yates after, in Preller’s words, the club gets “a better sense of where we’re at payroll wise, where we’re at roster wise” over the next few weeks.
Related slideshow: The MLB 2010s All-Decade team (Provided by Yardbarker)
Madison Bumgarner reportedly agrees to $85 million deal with Diamondbacks
Madison Bumgarner reportedly agrees to $85 million deal with DiamondbacksHe’s simply been the best pitcher on the field most nights, particularly when those nights turned cool.
Madison Bumgarner lost himself on a dirt bike last April, falling during an off day in Colorado and But Bumgarner ’s presence, perhaps more so than any other piece of the Giants ’ championship That allows the Giants significantly more flexibility to pursue next year’s talented free agent crop—or a
The Giants enter today 54-52 overall and 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot in the NL. There is no guarantee they will trade Bumgarner , who is a According to Yahoo’s Tim Brown, the Houston Astros and Giants are “ engaged ” in trade talks involving Bumgarner , but it is unclear how far along in the
The MLB 2010s All-Decade team
Catcher: Buster Posey
First baseman: Miguel Cabrera
Second baseman: Robinson Cano
Third baseman: Adrian Beltre
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki
Outfield: Mike Trout
Outfield: Mookie Betts
Outfield: Andrew McCutchen
Designated hitter: Nelson Cruz
Utility: Ben Zobrist
Starting pitcher: Clayton Kershaw
Bench: Yadier Molina
Bench: Joey Votto
Bench: Jose Altuve
Bench: Nolan Arenado
Bench: Josh Donaldson
Bench: Francisco Lindor
Bench: Bryce Harper
Bench: Jose Bautista
Bench: Giancarlo Stanton
Pitcher: Max Scherzer
Pitcher: Justin Verlander
Pitcher: Zack Greinke
Pitcher: Chris Sale
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner
Pitcher: Jon Lester
Pitcher: Corey Kluber
Pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Pitcher: Andrew Miller
Pitcher: David Robertson
Pitcher: Wade Davis
Pitcher: Dellin Betances
Pitcher: Aroldis Chapman
Pitcher: Kenley Jansen
Pitcher: Craig Kimbrel
Grading the deal roundup: Bumgarner, Kluber and more .
My word, the front offices have been busy. After the top three free agents went off the board during this year’s Winter Meetings bacchanal, you might have thought there’d be a bit of a hangover. Nope. All told, seven of my top-ten free agents have inked contracts. The next phase of the offseason is upon us, and we’ve had our very first marquee trade. Christmas is still a week away. Jesus Christ, y’all.