Madison Bumgarner’s Suitors
As previously alluded to, Bumgarner will have many teams pining after him.
Teams like the Cardinals or Twins may now be desperate to land him after seeing other teams in their respective leagues land big time free agents.
Likewise, the Braves may want to push all of their chips in and commit to winning in 2020 by signing Bumgarner to give them another veteran lefty alongside Cole Hamels.
And while the Dodgers are still in the market for a starter, Anthony Witrado of Forbes makes a good point in recognizing that it is rare for the Dodgers to overpay for a free agent. That doesn’t make the thought any less scary, especially considering the current mindset of a fanbase that is frustrated that the team has not won it all, despite knocking on the door so often.
It makes sense for a team whose ace, Clayton Kershaw, has storied struggles in the playoffs. It would be like if the Indianapolis Colts had poached Tom Brady from the Patriots back in the day, just in case Peyton Manning struggled in the postseason as he was wont to do.
All of these teams competing for Bumgarner should mean a sizable payday. The more teams bidding each other up, the higher his price tag will go.
Just how much will he end up signing for?