Is Madison Bumgarner Thinking of Pitching Again in 2024 After Leaving the Diamondbacks?

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MLB Rumors: Madison Bumgarner Considering Pitching in 2024 After Diamondbacks Exit

Madison Bumgarner, the seasoned pitcher who last took the mound in April when the Arizona Diamondbacks released him, may be contemplating a return to the game.

According to a report by Bob Nightengale in USA Today, Bumgarner has confided in friends about his deliberation on a potential comeback this summer.

“Former World Series hero Madison Bumgarner, who was released last April and is still earning $14 million from the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, told friends that he’s contemplating a potential return this summer,” Nightengale wrote.

Despite his absence from the field, Bumgarner is set to receive his contractual earnings of $14 million from the Diamondbacks in 2024.

Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner (Credits: AZ Central)

His last full season in 2022 saw Bumgarner make 30 starts, accumulating 112 strikeouts and a 4.88 ERA over 158.2 innings pitched.

However, Bumgarner’s stint with the Diamondbacks took a sharp turn for the worse in the 2023 season. Enduring a tough start, he surrendered 25 hits, 20 runs, and registered a staggering 10.26 ERA across just four starts spanning 16.2 innings.

Consequently, the Diamondbacks made the decision to release him, incurring a $34 million expense over two years, deeming it a necessary step given his performance struggles.

At 34 years old, Bumgarner still holds potential for contributions on the field if a team is willing to take a chance on him. With a career that boasts three World Series championships, he could offer valuable veteran leadership to a youthful roster aiming for postseason success.

Even if Bumgarner finds himself unsigned by Opening Day, there remains a possibility of him securing a contract at some point during the season.


By Robert Jackson

An avid football fan (A red). And an Otaku by the definition of the word.

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