Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies are targeting free agent right-handers Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, and Kyle Kendrick as they continue their search for veteran starting pitching. Harding also mentioned Josh Johnson as a possibility, though he’s reportedly on the verge of re-signing with the Padres.
Nothing is considered imminent with any of the pitchers listed above, as the Rockies are also considering trade options. It was reported last week that the club had talked to the Mets about a deal for right-hander Dillon Gee, but Harding writes that “thus far there have been more published reports than actual discussions.”
As of now, the Rockies have Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Matzek, and Jordan Lyles lined up for the first four spots in their starting rotation for 2015. That’s a shaky group. Adding Correia, Kendrick, or a fly ball pitcher like Harang wouldn’t inspire much more in the way of confidence.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”