As if the Phillies weren't already stacked enough, they're now keeping their eye on one of the best pitchers in the game.
The team is observing Bumgarner's starts despite the fact that the season is just a little over two weeks old. Bumgarner is in the final year of his contract with the Giants, meaning he would only be a rental.
Philadelphia's rotation is already one of the best in the league. Aaron Nola, who finished third in NL Cy Young voting last year, headlines the staff, followed by 2015 NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.
Adding a starter of Bumgarner's caliber would have further-reaching implications than just getting the Phillies to the playoffs. He's widely regarded as one of the best postseason pitchers ever.
Madison Bumgarner could be a fascinating HOF debate. He's nearly 30, hasn't had a full/great season in a few years, and it's at least questionable if he can end up even close to typical HOF stat standards. He probably gets Catfish Hunter'd in because of World Series brilliance?— Benjamin Hoffman (@BenHoffmanNYT) April 12, 2019
In 36 career World Series innings, he has an unbelievably low ERA of 0.25, well below his already impressive career postseason mark of 2.11.
If the Phillies were to swing a deal for the Giants' ace, they'd be set for far more than just the regular season.