Four pitchers the Red Sox should approach during free agency
This is a guy that had a whole lotta noise surrounding him as the trade deadline was getting closer but he remains in San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner is nearing the end of his 11th season in the Majors but is still just 30 years old. The Red Sox had a scout checking in on MadBum during a recent game against the Mets. However, the Giants were in the middle of a hot streak ad wound up keeping the veteran lefty.
Much like Keuchel, Bumgarner doesn’t command a high annual salary especially at this point in his career. In 2019 he will earn just $12M for his services in the Bay. With the Sox looking to add to the pitching staff this winter, Bumgarner would bring a great veteran presence to the staff especially with Porcello hitting the market.
I feel that there is a good chance that Dave Dombrowski can orchestrate a deal that is not only friendly for the Red Sox but also Bumgarner. If they can come to an agreement that doesn’t break Boston’s budget but is appealing enough to reel in the southpaw that’s a win-win. The only glaring negative would be the fact that Bumgarner would be the fourth lefty in the Sox starting rotation.