Diamondbacks sign Madison Bumgarner to five-year, $85 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks and free agent starter Madison Bumgarner have reached an agreement on a five-year contract. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is for $85 million, $15 million of which is deferred.

Bumgarner, 30, was arguably the top free agent pitcher remaining on the market. The lefty is coming off of a season in which he posted a 3.90 ERA with 203 strikeouts and 43 walks over 207 2/3 innings. The ERA marked a career-high for the veteran, but it was also his first full season since 2016.

The D-Backs, who were in the NL Wild Card hunt this past season, add another strong lefty to a starting rotation that already includes Robbie Ray. The rotation now has more pitchers than spots available, so the D-Backs will have to make some decisions. Perhaps Mike Leake moves to the bullpen or Ray gets traded.

The Dodgers, Giants, and Padres — all division foes of the D-Backs — were reportedly interested in Bumgarner’s services during the Winter Meetings. This may make a reunion between the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu more likely. The Padres and Giants will have to look elsewhere for rotation help.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.