Giants GM Farhan Zaidi: Team Is Communicating with Madison Bumgarner on Future

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2019

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner gestures toward fans before pinch hitting against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The San Francisco Giants remain "in communication" with Madison Bumgarner as the southpaw explores his market in free agency.

"(Bumgarner) is a free agent and we're in communication there," Giants president Farhan Zaidi said, per The Athletic's Daniel Brown. "And he's going to vet all of his options. Being a free agent is something guys aspire to. It's nice to be at a point in your career where you're getting courted and can look around at your options."

This comes after Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Bumgarner's preference is to remain with the Giants but that the team has "shown no inclination to keep him."

Taken 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner has spent his entire career with the San Francisco organization. He has put together an incredible resume since debuting in 2009, going 119-92 with a 3.13 ERA.

Most notably, he is 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 16 career postseason outings, including 14 starts. He has played a crucial role in three World Series championships, carrying the team to a title while winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in 2014.

Bumgarner is coming off one of the most team-friendly contracts in MLB history, as he signed a five-year, $35 million deal as a 22-year-old in 2012. After signing that deal, he went on to earn four All-Star selections, four top-10 finishes in National League Cy Young award voting, two Silver Sluggers and two World Series titles.

Although nothing was official at the time, Giants fans made sure to show him some love in what could have been his final home game at Oracle Park in September:

Bumgarner, 30, is now expected to cash in during free agency, as he has a number of teams interested in his services. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals are all among the teams in the mix.

A North Carolina native, Bumgarner may be interested in playing elsewhere moving forward, especially with the Giants in the midst of a rebuild.

"Obviously, he has roots in other parts of the country that may be attractive to him," Zaidi noted, per Brown. "It's his decision. That's the beauty of free agency for players. But we are going to be involved in that process."

That said, the team is not ruling out a return.

"We are in communication with his representatives," Zaidi said.