It’s the end of an era in the Bay that saw 3 World Series championships led by a man named “Madbum.”
After 11 years with the Giants, in which he posted a 119-92 record complimented by a 3.13 ERA and 1794 Ks in 1846 innings, the southpaw will pitch elsewhere. He will face the Giants, however, 19 times a year as a member of rival organization Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks continue to retool, but look to make it back to the postseason, where Bumgarner is nothing short of an absolute legend. In 16 lifetime postseason games, he’s gone 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA that includes 3 World Championships and an NLCS and World Series MVP.
He’s also one of MLBs premiere offensive pitchers. He has 19 lifetime HR, including 2 in his new home ballpark Chase Field. His .532 OPS isn’t strong, but it is premium for a pitcher who only hits once every 5 days. It’s worth noting that Chase Field may be the games most hitter friendly ballpark.
The official deal, according to Mark Feinsand, is 5 years, worth $85M with $15 of that deferred. it is the second largest contract in Diamondbacks history, second to only future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke who signed for $206.5M after the 2015 season, but was traded to the AL Champion Houston Astros at last years trade deadline.
Madison Bumgarner wasn’t himself in 2019, going 9-9 with a 3.9 ERA, but was still solid enough for a 2.8 bWAR. It’s worth noting he played in 34 games, back to his normal inning eating self after a 2018 that saw him pitch in a mere 21 due to a dirt bike accident.
His rivalry with the Dodgers is long storied, and will continue yearly, albeit even if it isn’t with the Giants. In 20 games at Chase Field, all against the Diamondbacks, he has a 3.13 ERA in 118 IP. In those 118 innings, he’s given up 15 homeruns.
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