Mike Leake

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.