Heading into free agency, the Giants made it clear that Madison Bumgarner had earned the right to go anywhere he wanted. A couple days into the Winter Meetings, that sentiment likely remains the same, but they'd be lying if they said they didn't have a preference where he ended up.
Now that Gerrit Cole reportedly has agreed to a record-breaking nine-year contract with the New York Yankees, San Francisco apparently inched closer to its greatest nightmare.
The rival Dodgers were considered to be a finalist for Cole, and apparently they didn't waste any time pivoting once the news broke. Giants fans really, really, really won't want to hear the direction in which Los Angeles reportedly is pivoting, though, according to The Athletic's 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
If you need to go rinse the vomit taste out of your mouth, go for it. You're certainly not the only Giants fan doing so.
After everything Bumgarner achieved in San Francisco, it's unbearable to think of him exchanging his orange and black for Dodger blue. I mean, think of all the run-ins Bumgarner has had with LA over the years. Yaisel Puig. Max Muncy. Go get it out of the ocean? How about we just get this rumor out of here.
Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, and the Dodgers certainly have the ability to afford him. So do the Giants, though, and as NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic notes, they might be forced to revisit the situation due to their rival's reported interest.
Giants have been preparing to move on without Bumgarner, but I’ve got to think they revisit those plans if Dodgers show serious interest. They’re well aware that fan base is pissed and that those emotions matter.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) December 11, 2019
And guess which two teams face each other on Opening Day?
The Giants are used to seeing MadBum take the mound on the first day of the season. For the sake of all that is good and holy, let's hope they don't have to learn what it's like to go against him in that situation.