The Arizona Diamondbacks and free agent starter Madison Bumgarner agreed to a five-year deal worth $85 million.
ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan first reported the signing and per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal has $15 million deferred.
The Giants released a statement and posted a video tribute on Twitter to say goodbye to Bumgarner:
“We thank Madison for all that he has given to the Giants and the Bay Area community and we are deeply grateful for the success, excitement and memories he created over a remarkable 11-year period in a Giants uniform. He played a leading role in all three of the Giants’ World Series championships this decade, but none as memorable as his performance in 2014,” the statement said.
“We will always cherish his epic 2014 postseason run when he earned both NLCS and World Series MVP honors by carrying the team and all of Giants nation toward a third and historic world championship. He will be forever recognized as one of the greatest pitchers in the 138-year history of the Giants. We wish him and his wife, Ali, all the best as they continue their baseball journey. He is truly a forever Giant.”
This is what Bumgarner told Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group:
“The fans in that city mean so much to me. It’s been 10 years there, won three world championships and we’ve been through a lot together. They’ve always been as good as they could possibly be to me and I’ll never forget that.”
Bumgarner was 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.13 in 34 starts for the Giants last season, throwing 207 2/3 innings and recording 203 strikeouts. The four-time All-Star had a solid 4.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged 1.9 walks per nine innings.
The three-time World Series champion spent 11 years with the Giants and went 119-92 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 1846 innings over 289 games (286 starts). He is 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 20 games (19 starts) at Chase Field.
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