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Diamondbacks win the Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes

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An unexpected team has come out of the blue to lure Madison Bumgarner to their franchise. And it means his former team will be seeing quite a bit of him in 2020.

The Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed on Sunday evening that they have inked free agent starter/former San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.

The 30-year old, who was selected 10th overall in the 2007 MLB Draft, had spent his first 11 MLB seasons with the Giants organization. He posted a combined 119-92 record, 3.13 ERA, and 1.11 WHIP during a span of 289 appearances (286 starts) and 1846.0 innings pitched.

He was also a four-time MLB All-Star, three-time World Series champion, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and took home the 2014 World Series and NLCS MVP honours during a record-breaking postseason run.

Veteran catcher Stephen Vogt is one of his many new Diamondbacks teammates that are excited to have him on the roster.

“I’m very excited to be playing with Madison again! He is the ultimate competitor and I know he will help us immensely,” said Vogt, who he played with on the Giants last season.

“This team is already in a good position and adding someone like Bum will only add to that!”


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Mike Trout thinks Astros deserved bigger punishment over cheating scandal

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Add Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout to the growing list of players calling out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for how he handled the Houston Astros sign stealing investigation.

When asked about it during Spring Training on Monday, the three-time AL MVP did not mince words regarding his feelings towards the situation.

“It’s sad for baseball. It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.” said Trout.

“Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there. A lot of guys lost respect for some of the guys. You don’t know what helped them or what not…But if you know what’s coming, it’s going to definitely help them. I don’t know if you take the trophy away or take the rings away, but they should definitely do something.”

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Dodgers acquire Mookie Betts, David Price in blockbuster deal

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to go for it again!

The team confirmed that they have acquired 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, five-time All-Star lefty David Price from the Boston Red Sox.

As part of the deal, they shipped off outfield prospect Alex Verdugo and tens of millions of dollars to Boston in order to help them get below the luxury tax.

There were also additional moves to help alleviate all the salary the Dodgers are taking on in this massive trade. They have also sent veteran starter Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins turned around and sent pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston to complete the deal.

Betts, 27, will earn $27 million in the final year of his contract in 2020. The Dodgers are hopeful they can negotiate a long-term extension with the superstar slugger before he enters unrestricted free agency.

David Price has three-years and $96 million remaining on his contract.

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Cubs slugger Kris Bryant loses service time dispute with club

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Kris Bryant will have to wait longer than he hoped to reap the benefits on unrestricted free agency.

The 28-year old third baseman has learned that arbitrators looking over his dispute with the Chicago Cubs have ruled that the club did not manipulate his service time in order to delay his unrestricted free agency.

Bryant has argued for years that the team purposely kept him in the minors for the first 12 games of the 2015 MLB season despite the fact he performed more than well enough to deserve a shot with the big club.

In his eyes, they did this in order to take advantage of a loophole in the collective bargaining agreement that gives a team an extra year of control on a prospect if they call him up approximately midway through the month of April.

Bryant will now have to wait until the conclusion of the 2021 MLB season to test the free agent market.

The 2016 NL MVP has amassed a .284 batting average, .901 OPS, 138 homers and 403 RBI over a span of 706 regular season games and five seasons with the franchise.

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