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Madison Bumgarner explains decision to sign with D-backs

Madison Bumgarner surprised some in the baseball world with his decision to balk at reportedly more lucrative deals and sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The longtime San Francisco Giants ace, when explaining that decision this week, emphasized that the D-backs’ culture is what impressed him most about the organization.

On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks made Bumgarner’s five-year, $85 million deal official and formally introduced the veteran starter at a press conference.

At the presser, Bumgarner extolled the attributes boasted by the Diamondbacks organization that led him to the Arizona desert.

“First and foremost, winning. That’s what the whole decision is based on, and being with a team that’s my brand of baseball,” Bumgarner said, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “They play the way I like to play.” 

Bumgarner said the Diamondbacks do “it the right way.” He later elaborated.

“They just play hard,” he said. “They’ve got a bunch of grinders on this team, guys that don’t take any pitch off. They’re just a hard-nosed group of guys.”

Bumgarner also noted that once he settled on signing with the Diamondbacks, there was no need for to him engage in further free-agency theatrics, which leads to the belief the pitcher may have left money on the table.

“I wasn’t playing the free agent market games,” Bumgarner said, per The Mercury News. “This is where I wanted to be and where we worked that out to a place where both sides were happy, I was done.”