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Phillies considering Madison Bumgarner trade

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 05, 2018 - 7:45 am

The Phillies have missed out on free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, but that apparently isn't stopping them from pursuing another top pitcher to add to the staff. 

According to Jon Morsi of the MLB Network, the Phillies have had discussions with the San Francisco Giants about a trade for pitcher Madison Bumgarner. 

Known as one of the best big-game pitchers out there, Bumgarner pitched in 21 games last season, finishing with an ERA of 3.26. He has a career 3.03 ERA in 252 starts. Bumgarner has really made a name for himself in the postseason, posting an impressive 2.11 ERA in 16 games, helping the Giants win three World Series. Bumgarner was named MVP of both the 2014 World Series and the 2014 NLCS. 

Bumgarner has one year, $12 million remainin on his contract, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

One recent issue with Bumgarner has been health. He suffered a broken pinkie last season, which cost him time, and then also missed three months due to a dirt bike accident. 

What it would cost to land Bumgarner in a trade is not clear, but with the team missing out on Corbin -- and watching him sign with the division rival Washington Nationals -- the pressure is certainly on for the front office to get something done. 

In addition to Bumgarner, the Phillies have also been linked to two of the top free agents available, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The MLB Winter Meetings begin next week in Las Vegas. 

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