Madison Bumgarner's Top 5 Potential Landing Spots In Free Agency

Tim Kelly
November 11, 2019 - 10:57 am

For the first time since 2016, Madison Bumgarner topped the 200 innings mark in 2019. That should bode well for the long-time San Francisco Giants LHP as he reaches free agency for the first time in his career. His 3.83 ERA since the start of the 2017 season could complicate the free-agent stint of the four-time All-Star.

Still just 30, Bumgarner was the best postseason pitcher of the 2010s, and with a 2.11 ERA in 102.1 career postseason innings, he has a case to be the best postseason pitcher of all-time. Some think that Bumgarner - who hasn’t pitched in the postseason since 2016 - could be re-energized by joining a contender. And certainly, his past success in the postseason makes you think he’s likely to thrive in big games moving forward.

That said, Bumgarner posted a 2.93 ERA in 19 starts at Oracle Park in 2019, which graded out as the least hitter-friendly park in baseball this past season. Away from Oracle Park, Bumgarner had a 5.29 ERA in 15 starts. Thinking he’s going to move away from playing his home games at Oracle Park and perform better than the 3.90 ERA and 3.90 FIP he posted across 207.2 innings in 2019 doesn’t seem to be very logical.

So Bumgarner is a complicated free agent. Here’s a look at five potential suitors for Bumgarner, who MLB Trade Rumors projects will land a four-year/$72 million deal this offseason: