Madison Bumgarner, LHP, 29
World Series pedigree? Check. Veteran? Check. Over 250 career starts? Check. Madison Bumgarner checks all the boxes!
Enjoying a rebound year after a pair of seasons that were marred with injuries and inconsistency, Mad Bum seems to be returning to his prior form. Bumgarner is in the last year of his deal with the Giants and is owed 12 million in 2019, a sum that the Tampa Bay Rays can surely afford. The Giants will likely ask for a considerable haul, but the Rays can also afford to part ways with prospects in exchange for some early season reinforcements.
His career numbers:
34.1 WAR // 1,694 IP // 3.07 ERA // 3.26 FIP // 122 ERA+ // 1,649 K
His 2019 numbers (9 GS):
-.1 WAR // 55.2 IP // 4.04 ERA // 3.43 FIP // 100 ERA+
58 K // 8 BB // 9.4 K/9 // 1.3 BB/9
With his K/9 rate up from last season and his BB/9 rate down, Bumgarner looks to be returning to his prime form which would be a welcome addition to a young team and rotation. Pairing Bumgarner with fellow World Series champion and veteran Charlie Morton, could be just the move the Rays need to make.
Mad Bum’s experience in October could prove invaluable for the Rays down the stretch and as long as he remains healthy, the Rays could utilize a 4 man rotation after Glasnow returns. A rotation with the likes of Snell, Morton, Glasnow and Bumgarner would really position the Rays for a division title and deep October run.
The asking price will, of course, determine how far the Rays’ front office is willing to go in discussions to acquire the ace, but I’m all for a Bumgarner acquisition.