Madison Bumgarner agrees to 5-year deal with Diamondbacks

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Madison Bumgarner agrees to 5-year deal with Diamondbacks

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There’s a new face coming to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ rotation.

MLB Network Insider and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the Arizona Diamondbacks signed left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner to a five-year deal.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said the deal is worth $85 million with $15 million deferred. reporter Steve Gilbert confirmed the reports as well.

The 30-year-old had a 3.90 ERA in 2019, pitching 207.2 innings with a 1.127 WHIP. He had a very solid 4.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio, averaging 1.9 walks per nine innings to go with 203 strikeouts on the season.

Bumgarner is a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion who has spent the entirety of his career with San Francisco up to this point. That means he’s faced the Diamondbacks quite a bit; he owns a career 3.13 ERA in 19 starts at Chase Field.

The longtime Giants ace also isn’t a bad hitter; Bumgarner owns a career .532 OPS with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs in 679 plate appearances. In 2019, he hit only .127 but had two homers and nine walks.

The signing of Bumgarner spruces up the D-backs’ rotation who traded Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros. Pitchers like Robbie Ray, Luke Weaver, Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, Mike Leake, Alex Young, Jon Duplantier and Taylor Clarke are among those who could eat innings as a starter, but an ace like Bumgarner will bolster the rotation.

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