Dodgers: Revisiting 3 rumors from the offseason that never came true
Rumor: Mutual interest between Dodgers, Madison Bumgarner
After missing out on top pitching target Gerrit Cole, as well as third baseman Anthony Rendon, the Dodgers set their sights on rival starter Madison Bumgarner. The southpaw has pitched his entire career with the San Francisco Giants, helping them win three World Series, while pitching to a minuscule 2.11 ERA over 16 playoff games.
If the theme of the offseason was to find creative ways to improve on a roster that already wins 90+ games every season, adding a starting pitcher who knows how to win in the postseason is great place to look. However questionable it might behow much playoff magic is left in Bumgarner’s 30-year-old arm.
According to a report in December, the Dodgers met with Bumgarner’s representatives during the MLB Winter Meetings. Rumors connecting the two parties didn’t pick up much steam after that.
The former World Series MVP ended up signing a five-year, $85 million dollar deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s unclear whether the Dodgers were serious contenders for Bumgarner’s services, or used as pawns to help him gain a fifth year in his negotiations with Arizona, a place where some speculated he was willing to pass up money to end up.