Madison Bumgarner had many suitors in free agency, as after Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg signed new deals, he was likely the most coveted pitcher on the market, despite his road numbers and age-related regression.
Against the odds, the chase for Bumgarner appears to have come to an end, as the southpaw has shockingly agreed to stay in the NL West.
In a surprising move, Bumgarner will be joining the Arizona Diamondbacks on a five-year deal, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Madison Bumgarner Contract Details
The deal is a relative bargain, with rumors of $100 million plus dancing in our heads like sugar plums these past few weeks. Bumgarner will only earn $85 million, with $15 million of the cash deferred, Nationals style.
He'll become the ace of a rotation that currently features the likes of Robbie Ray, Zac Gallen, Luke Weaver and Merrill Kelly.
This is a huge pickup for the D-Backs, who parted ways with Zack Greinke last season, and have been lacking an arm to spearhead their staff since. Also, beating out the Dodgers for the coveted lefty should be considered a major win.
In 2019, Bumgarner went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 34 starts, striking out 203 batters in 207.2 innings. In his career at Chase Field, MadBum is 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA.