The San Francisco Giants have a big decision to make regarding Madison Bumgarner. Here are three reasons why they need to re-sign him.
Whether or not Madison Bumgarner will be a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2020 is still up in the air. While the team has made him a qualifying offer, it is still very possible that he will test the free-agent market.
He has been such an important part of the team’s success, but it is still unclear if team president Farhan Zaidi believes that he will be a key asset the next time the Giants are able to contend.
But then there are pitchers like Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer who are still pitching at an extremely high level in their mid-30s. That’s not to say Bumgarner will still be that prolific in five years, but it shows that it certainly can be done.
Another question is if Bumgarner wants to wait around for the Giants to be contenders. There’s a chance that he may want to win now, and if he doesn’t see the Giants as being in a position to put together a winning club anytime soon, he could decide to sign elsewhere.
If that’s the case, then there really isn’t much that the team can do to convince him to stay. But if there’s even an inkling within him that makes him want to stay with the Giants, then the front office should fight as hard as they can to ensure that he remains a member of the team.
I firmly believe he still has at least a few more solid seasons in him, and if at all possible, those years should be with the Giants. And if the Giants are able to make it to the playoffs in the next few years, they would be in a much better position with a postseason pitcher as accomplished as Bumgarner in the mix.
So without further ado, here are three reasons why the San Francisco Giants should re-sign Madison Bumgarner this offseason.