Madison Bumgarner landing spot: St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals are another great option for Bumgarner if he wants to play for a contender.
They were the team that beat the Braves in the NLDS, so it stands to reason that they might be even closer to a championship depending on other moves they make in the offseason.
Bolstering the rotation with Bumgarner would not be a bad place to start. Along with Adam Wainwright, he would bring a veteran presence to the starting staff. Also, the Cardinals seemingly only have four starters penciled in, so they are in need of another.
Just a few days ago, the Cardinals were linked to Bumgarner by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, so there’s something to the idea of him signing there. It makes sense with Wheeler and Hamels off the table and joining fellow NL contenders, the Cards may feel that they need to land a premier starter of their own to keep pace.
The added appeal for Bumgarner with playing for a team like the Cardinals, Braves, or Phillies is that he would still get to hit. If he were to opt for an American League team, then he would have to cede his hitting ability to the pesky DH.
With that said, let’s take a look at what an A.L. team would have to offer to entice Bumgarner, one of the best hitting pitchers in the game, to stick to pitching.