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Brian Cashman expresses interest in Madison Bumgarner

The New York Yankees are expected to go big-game hunting in free agency, and with the organization having already set its sights on two top-tier starters, Brian Cashman added another high-caliber pitcher to the potential mix.

Speaking with John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle at the general manager meetings, Cashman revealed that the Yankees are interested in former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

“I will definitely talk to Bumgarner’s agency,” the Yankees general manager said. “I haven’t. But I will.”

Cashman previously confirmed the Yankees’ interest in Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — which has the support of one of the team’s current superstars — the presumed top starting pitchers available on the free-agent market this coming offseason.

“Of course, we’re going to talk to Strasburg. We’ll talk to Cole. We’ll talk to the higher-end guys clearly and have conversations there,” Cashman stated earlier this week, via Ronald Blum of the Associated Press. “And we’ll also talk about some surprise guys, I’m sure.”

Bumgarner is perhaps not the same caliber of pitcher at this stage of his career as Cole and Strasburg, nor is he the de facto ace he was when leading the Giants to World Series titles years ago.

Coming off a successful 2019 campaign, though, the 30-year-old Bumgarner is still viewed as a potential top-of-the-rotation arm, or at worse a notch below ace status.

“He’s been a tremendous player for a long time,” Cashman added of Bumgarner. “We’re going to look at everybody that’s out there, obviously. Starting pitching is important, and he’s been one of the game’s better starting pitchers for a long time. So we’ll certainly have a conversation.”

Bumgarner will have no shortage of suitors, however, as the Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Phillies and Braves are also said to be interested.

Following a season in which he posted a 3.90 ERA to go along with 203 strikeouts and 1.13 WHIP across 207.2 innings, Bumgarner is predicted to be in line for a contract in the range of four years and $64 million, according to FanGraphs.