After a memorable 11-season run with the Giants that included four straight All-Star appearances and top-10 finishes in NL Cy Young Award voting (2013-16), as well as three World Series titles (2010, '12 and '14) and 2014 Fall Classic MVP honors, Madison Bumgarner is headed to free agency for the first time. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with a new team after being one of 10 players to receive the $17.8 million qualifying offer.
Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 30-year-old left-hander.
Yanks 'definitely' will check in on Bumgarner; Phils already have
Nov. 13: We know the Braves have been linked to Bumgarner early and often this offseason, but what about the Phillies?
MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports in his Wednesday column for The Athletic (subscription required) that Philadelphia has checked in on the free-agent lefty as it casts "a wide net" for starting pitching.
Rosenthal speculates that the Phillies could be motivated to keep Bumgarner from signing with the reigning National League East champion Braves, and adds that Philadelphia could be in the market for multiple veteran starters (for example, a combination of Bumgarner and fellow free-agent lefty Cole Hamels). However, Rosenthal believes that Bumgarner is a "more natural fit" for the Braves than the Phillies.
The Yankees, another team expected to consider a wide range of starting-pitcher options, have interest in Bumgarner as well. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, general manager Brian Cashman said he hasn't reached out to Bumgarner's agency yet but "definitely" will.
Predicting Bumgarner's landing spot
Nov. 12: With Bumgarner having spent his entire professional career with the Giants -- from being drafted in the first round back in 2007 to 11 big league seasons in San Francisco -- it's hard to think of him in another uniform.
But will it happen?
The Giants, of course, presented the 30-year-old lefty with the $17.8 million qualifying offer, but he's unlikely to accept that when a potential long-term contract is in play. Should Bumgarner decline the QO -- the deadline for players to decide is this Thursday -- he still could return to San Francisco, but the odds might be against it.
In fact, the odds already may be against it. In a poll conducted by MLB Trade Rumors asking readers to predict where 10 of the top free agents would sign, the odds-on favorite was ... the Braves.
Atlanta registered a hefty 39.3 percent of the vote, followed by the Giants at 11.4 percent. The only other club to reach a double-digit percentage was the Twins (10.2 percent).
The Braves could be a good fit for Bumgarner. He would essentially replace another veteran southpaw in Dallas Keuchel, who is back on the open market after signing as a free agent during the 2019 season. Additionally, Bumgarner's workhorse presence could provide a strong example for the cavalcade of young Braves arms, and his historic postseason resume could give Atlanta an edge in October after the club lost in the NLDS in both 2018 and '19.