Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish heard from a source Tuesday that free agent starter Brandon Beachy is hoping to sign with a team by Friday. Beachy has thrown for seven different clubs over the past 10 days and is now requesting final bids from six of them.
The 28-year-old right-hander needed Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March — the second such procedure of his career — so he should come pretty cheap despite the heavy amount of free agent interest and his impressive career numbers at the major league level. Beachy owns a 3.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 9.2 K/9 in 46 starts spanning 267 2/3 big league frames.
There are of course no guarantees, but he’s on track to be recovered from Tommy John surgery by the second month of the 2015 regular season. Kris Medlen, in a very similar situation as Beachy, scored a two-year, $8.5 million contract from the Royals in mid-December. That deal also has a $10 million mutual option for 2017.
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.”