LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 21, 2022 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly looking to part ways with left-hander Madison Bumgarner before the 2023 season, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

“The Diamondbacks will bring struggling veteran Madison Bumgarner to spring training, hoping he can pitch well enough to trade him,” Nightengale wrote. “He’s owed $37 million over the next two seasons, and the D-backs would likely have to eat most of it.”

Bumgarner, a three-time World Series champion, is undoubtedly past his prime, and that was on full display throughout a 2022 campaign that saw him struggle for the third consecutive season in Arizona.

The 33-year-old made 30 starts this season, posting a 7-15 record, 4.88 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 112 strikeouts across 158.2 innings. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo then announced on Sept. 25 that the veteran would be shut down for the season.

Bumgarner was fully healthy, but Lovullo and the Diamondbacks wanted to get a look at some of the team’s younger arms, including Tommy Henry and Drey Jameson.

“I mean, I like to pitch, I like to compete,” Bumgarner told reporters of being shut down. “But I understand it. It was a conversation that we had about what would be best.”

The Diamondbacks signed Bumgarner to a five-year, $85 million deal in December 2019 after he finished up an 11-year stint with the San Francisco Giants that saw him win three World Series titles, an NLCS and World Series MVP award, two Silver Sluggers and four All-Star selections.

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Bumgarner made nine starts, going 1-4 with a 6.48 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 30 strikeouts across 41.2 innings.

In 2021, he made 26 starts and went 7-10 with a 4.67 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 124 strikeouts across 146.1 innings. It was his best season in Arizona, and it simply wasn’t good enough.

With two seasons remaining on his contract, the Diamondbacks are hoping they can offload Bumgarner and get something in return, whether it be a late-round draft pick or a minor leaguer.

It’s unclear if any teams have expressed interest in the veteran. It’s also unclear how much teams will be willing to give up in exchange for him.

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