Three Free Agents the Philadelphia Phillies Should Sign

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Pitcher Zach Eflin #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets a hug from Bryce Harper #3 during the seventh inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 1, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Pitcher Zach Eflin #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets a hug from Bryce Harper #3 during the seventh inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 1, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Three Free Agents the Philadelphia Phillies Should Sign

Madison Bumgarner, LHP, SFG

It is time for the playoff king of the 2010s to get paid.

Madison Bumgarner is hitting the open market for the first time and at the right time, as dominant lefties are in high demand.

He remained healthy and started over 34 times, struck out over 200 batters, and through over 200 innings for the first time since 2016, his last All-Star year.

Bumgarner would be a huge addition to their pitching rotation. His durability would improve their staff and allow them to use fewer relievers when he starts.

Over his 11-season career with the San Francisco Giants, the four-time All-Star won 119 games, three World Series, a WS MVP, and posted a 3.13 ERA over 1,846 innings.

Since he has a lot of mileage, teams are going to be hesitant to offer him a long-term deal. The Philadelphia Phillies should try to sign him to a deal similar to Jake Arrieta’s deal with the team, his three-year, $75 million deal.

The Phillies need another pitcher than guarantee them at least 200 innings, if healthy. Even though Nola is younger, Bumgarner would be a strong leader and ace for a young Phillies team.

The 30-year-old is known as one of the most dominant forces in the postseason. Singing Bumgarner would not just help them reach the playoffs but allow them to go deep into October.