How Madison Bumgarner might fit with reported free-agency suitors

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How Madison Bumgarner might fit with reported free-agency suitors
How Madison Bumgarner might fit with reported free-agency suitors

In an expected move Thursday, Madison Bumgarner rejected his qualifying offer from the Giants, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. San Francisco knew this was likely when it declined to move Bumgarner at the deadline. The Giants had a scorching July and chose to hold onto the top starting pitcher on the market, opting instead for subtler moves — shipping out older relievers from a strong bullpen to bring back talented position player prospects and make room in the pen for emerging young arms. That angle for a potential playoff run never materialized once August rolled around, and now the decision not to trade Bumgarner could come back to bite the Giants. If he walks in free

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