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San Francisco Giants: How to approach Madison Bumgarner’s free agency

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at AT&T Park on September 28, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at AT&T Park on September 28, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at AT&T Park on September 28, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants have a big decision to make on homegrown ace Madison Bumgarner this winter.

In the final year of his current contract, Madison Bumgarner is set to reach the free-agent market for the first time since the San Francisco Giants made him the No. 10 overall pick in the 2007 draft.

Just a few short months ago, Bumgarner looked like a lock to be traded at the July 31 deadline and the Giants seemed headed for a lengthy rebuilding period.

However, a stellar month of July thrust the team back into wild-card contention and convinced them to hold onto their ace at the deadline.

Now the question becomes how the front office will handle his free agency this winter.

While he’s all but certain to receive a qualifying offer, it remains to be seen whether the Giants will make an attempt to re-sign him and how aggressively they will pursue him in a thin market for starting pitching that could wind up driving up his price.

We’re still a few months from the start of the offseason, but it’s never too early to start speculating.

Here’s what a few of our writers here at Around the Foghorn think the San Francisco Giants front office should do this winter with Madison Bumgarner.

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