Madison Bumgarner landing spot: Atlanta Braves
After back-to-back division titles, the Atlanta Braves are looking to get over the hump in 2020. By signing a premier starter like Cole Hamels and the best closer on the market in Will Smith, it is obvious that they are serious about title contention.
So why not go all-in by signing Bumgarner?
With a relatively young rotation, fronted by breakout rookie Mike Soroka, the addition of Hamels and Bumgarner would add much-needed experience to the staff. The two veteran lefties have a wealth of experience pitching in pressure-packed postseason games, so they would add a welcome edge to the rotation.
The main problem is cost.
They already have $18 million committed to Hamels, so it would be understandable if they did not want to cough up a similar paycheck to Bumgarner who is probably looking for a multi-year deal.
If Bumgarner’s main concern is contending, perhaps he would consider taking a little less than market value for the chance to make a run with the Braves.
They have a solid team and have made it clear they want to win now, so Atlanta could be an attractive landing spot.