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Giants: Three reasons to re-sign Madison Bumgarner

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GA – SEP 20: Tyler Beede #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

2. Their rotation is weak

If the rotation was at full strength and every pitcher was pitching to their potential, then I’d be confident with Cueto and Samardzija being the two best starters on the team.

But with injuries and underperformance, the Giants cannot afford to rely too heavily on young pitchers like Logan Webb and Tyler Beede to round out the rotation.

I’d feel much more comfortable with three veterans in the mix, counting Bumgarner.

That way, even if only two of them perform as expected and one of Webb or Beede has a solid year, the rotation has three solid starters to help anchor the pitching staff.

I don’t believe that the team will be able to land a premier starter through free agency, so I think Bumgarner makes the most sense because he’s been with the team for so long and has such a proven track record.

There won’t need to be any adjusting to the cool San Francisco air or any culture shock. He’s been there, done that, and knows exactly what is expected of him.

Beyond the four guys who I feel are locked into rotation spots (Cueto, Samardzija, Webb, Beede) there is not a ton of depth. Dereck Rodriguez could have a bounce-back year, but 2019 did not inspire a lot of confidence for that possibility.

Just to provide a measure of stability to the rotation, I think it is essential that the Giants retain Bumgarner. Not only is he the ace, but he adds much-needed depth to a weak rotation.

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