Remember when news surfaced that the Dodgers were in on Madison Bumgarner? Well, I have good news for Dodger fans everywhere. Bumgarner reportedly signed a five-year 85 million dollar guaranteed contract with the division rival Dbacks. Meaning we can all continue to hate Madison Bumgarner. We’ll also continue to see him since he’ll be staying in the National League West.
This proves that all of these “rumors” that the Dodgers are in on all these free agents are usually false. Normally it’s speculation from national writers or just fake buzz created by Friedman apologists and analytics fan boys. In truth, evidenced by him doing nothing (not signing any free agents or making any attempt to improve the pitching staff) for another winter. This time it seemed as if those fake Friedman mob based speculations possibly had some juice to them.
After all the Dodgers need pitching and Bumgarner despite being a despicable loud mouth is still an above average pitcher who can eat innings. While Bumgarner has posted three consecutive seasons of about league average pitching ( 3.90’s FIP from 2017-2019) he still remains a decent backend option for most teams, especially since he’s posted 200+ innings seasons over six of his last nine campaigns. He’s a workhorse and still just 30-years old. He tossed 207.2 innings in 2019.
Most Dodger fans had mixed emotions about the possibility of Bumgarner becoming a Dodger. My opinion was a bit different than most. I wouldn’t have minded Bumgarner becoming a Dodger because I know that he could have helped. The big allure of singing Bumgarner is his legendary postseason resume which includes three championships, a World Series MVP, an NLCS MVP, three complete game shutouts (one in the World Series) and a career 2.11 postseason ERA. I have always felt that if Bumgarner can help the Dodgers than I can put all of that other stuff in the past.
If the Dodgers had signed Bumgarner than there might have been a meeting because Bumgarner and Max Muncy would have had to find a way to get over their little spat from last year. “The go get it out of the ocean” incident was hilarious, but the two men would have had to shake hands and become teammates.
Fortunately we don’t have to deal with any of that now. Madison Bumgarner is becoming a Dback and we can all continue to despise him. Carry on Dodger fam.