After losing out on starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees, the Dodgers shifted their attention to former Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner, according to Ken Rosenthal.
#Dodgers will now shift their focus to free-agent left-hander Madison Bumgarner, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2019
The first reaction from most fans was probably a mix of shock and disgust. Yes, the same Madbum that has been one of the Dodgers’ greatest rivals since 2010. The same one who helped the Giants win three championships in five years.
The second take was probably annoyance or laughter that the Dodgers would be keying in on a player many consider to be on the downside of his career. At 30 years old, Bumgarner has nearly 2,000 career innings pitched and hasn’t performed at an elite level since 2016.
However, Rosenthal offered a glimpse of hope for Bumgarner and talked about why so many teams are interested in the left-hander.
As I wrote in a recent column, the increase in Bumgarner’s spin rate on his four-seam fastball from 2018 to ’19 was the biggest in the sport. Once he learns to optimize his improved stuff, he might improve on…