The Gerrit Cole free agency saga came to an end on the stroke of midnight on Tuesday as the 29-year-old superstar agreed to a record-breaking nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees.
It's a tough break for the Angels and Dodgers, who were both in the running to land Cole. Now, they'll have to look elsewhere.
Well, the Dodgers apparently aren't spending any time sulking as the club is setting its eyes on Madison Bumgarner, who is reportedly seeking a five-year contract in the $100 million range.
This would be a massive move for the Dodgers, who, at this rate, seem unlikely to retain Hyun-Jin Ryu, the 2019 ERA leader, in free agency.
Bumgarner's numbers last season -- 3.90 ERA and 1.127 WHIP -- indicate that he is no longer a front-line starter, but he would serve as a tremendous compliment to the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler in the heart of of Los Angeles' rotation.
Of course, the 30-year-old left-hander would bring his historic postseason pedigree to a team that, despite their talent, has an alarming tendency to choke in October.
Bumgarner also boasts experience pitching at Dodger Stadium, having made 22 appearances in LA during his Giants tenure, to the tune of a 2.67 ERA across 138.1 innings.
We don't think the Dodgers will be keen on missing out on another one of their top targets, so expect talks between the club and Mad Bum to heat up over the next 24 hours.