3 Potential Replacements for Madison Bumgarner if He Leaves the Giants in Free Agency
Madison Bumgarner has become a household name in San Francisco after more than a decade of pitching for the Giants. He was an instrumental part in helping the Giants capture three World Series titles (2010, 2012 and 2014).
However, with Bumgarner ultimately expected to leave San Francisco and sign somewhere else in free agency this offseason, let's take a look at three pitchers the Giants could sign to replace the gap Bumgarner's departure would leave at the top of their rotation.
3. Julio Teheran
With names like Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the market, Julio Teheran is arguably one of the best pitchers left. He finished last season with a 10-11 record, 3.81 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 174 2/3 innings pitched. Spanning his nine seasons with the Braves, Teheran made 222 starts for Atlanta, which marks the fourth-highest total in the MLB since 2013. Even though Teheran's season-long ERAs have been closer to 4.00 than 3.00 in recent years, his durability is a proven asset.
2. Dallas Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel may not be the ace of the staff he once was with the Houston Astros, but his numbers weren't all too different from Bumgarner's last season. Keuchel finished a shortened 2019 campaign with an 8-8 record, 3.75 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings pitched. Bumgarner was 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 297 2/3 innings pitched. While that was a down season for Bumgarner, if Keuchel can improve on those 2019 numbers in 2020, he could turn out to be a much better value for the Giants.
1. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu was a stud for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, finishing the year with a 14-5 record, a 2.32 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 182 2/3 innings pitched. He wasn't the ace of the staff, as Clayton Kershaw is cemented in that role for Los Angeles, but Ryu could certainly be that for the Giants if Bumgarner departs. And since he will be 33 years old by the time the 2020 MLB season rolls around, he should come with a cheaper price tag than Bumgarner's expected rate. Additionally, if the Dodgers go big-game hunting for Gerrit Cole, it would be much more likely to see them let Ryu walk away.
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