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Giants: Potential landing spots for Madison Bumgarner

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Former Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Former Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Longtime Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco Giants look poised to lose their ace Madison Bumgarner in free agency. Here’s a look at where he might land this winter.

With starting pitcher free agents like Cole Hamels and Zack Wheeler already off the market, there’s a chance that Madison Bumgarner could be the next chip to fall. So where will the longtime San Francisco Giants ace land?

At this point, it is hard to envision a scenario in which Bumgarner re-signs with the Giants.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote: “Bumgarner has pitched his entire career with the Giants, and his preference is to stay, but the Giants have shown no inclination to keep him.”

It’s easy to envision him signing with a number of pitching-needy teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Hamels signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Braves, while Wheeler inked a five-year $118 million contract with the Phillies. That should bode well for Bumgarner’s chances of landing a sizable payday.

In fact, it’s not out of the question to think that he could join one of those guys, as the Braves or Phillies continue to battle for position in the NL East.

Maybe Bumgarner will want to stay with the only team he has ever known, knowing that no matter what he does for the rest of his career, he will have a fanbase that showers him with undying love and gratitude.

Or perhaps he wants a change of scenery or is turned off by the new front office and new manager Gabe Kapler, who is replacing Bruce Bochy, the only manager he has ever known.

This new guard was not around for his postseason heroics and therefore he may not feel the same security net he did when Bochy and Sabean were calling the shots.

At the end of the day, maybe he just wants to win, which is an understandable desire for someone who has not felt the heat of the postseason since 2016.

Regardless, he will have a plethora of options to choose from. So let’s take a closer look at where the longtime ace may end up in 2020.

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