As expected, the New York Yankees are looking to improve their starting rotation this offseason.
With that being said: is Madison Bumgarner a possible fit in the Bronx?
At the General Managers meetings, Brian Cashman confirmed that he will “definitely talk to Bumgarner’s agency.” The Yankees general manager stated that the two sides haven’t talked yet, but discussions will happen at some point this offseason.
The #Yankees are interested in Madison Bumgarner, who was a significant part of the Giants’ three World Series championships and is free agent.
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This type of statement from Cashman shouldn’t be a surprise. The Yankees will explore every possible option this offseason, and will likely be in discussions with most of, if not all of, the top starting pitching options on the open market.
Based on his career resume and postseason success, Bumgarner could make a lot of sense for the Yankees. The left-hander has been regarded as one of the best pitchers in the game, and has helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series titles over the past decade.
The four-time All-Star has posted a career 119-92 record with a 3.13 ERA over 11 big league seasons. His postseason numbers are even better, as the 30-year-old has an 8-3 record with an outstanding 2.11 ERA over 16 playoff appearances.
Bumgarner may also be a better option for the Yankees based on his price tag. Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg are expected to land big long-term contracts this offseason.
If the Yankees are weary about handing out a larger contract to one of the aforementioned players, Bumgarner may become a more intriguing option for the Bronx Bombers. Although Bumgarner should demand a long-term deal, the price should be much lower than what Cole and Strasburg will demand.
Of course, this is the time of year where the rumors continue to circulate. As we look ahead to the Winter Meetings, it will be interesting to see how the Yankees decide to address their roster needs this offseason.
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