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Rumor: Madison Bumgarner’s future with Diamondbacks gets a pivotal update amid Cardinals links

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a rollercoaster start to the 2022 season, and they could end up emerging as sellers at the MLB trade deadline later in the year.

As noted by the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks “would entertain” offers for multiple players in the coming months, including Madison Bumgarner. However, Heyman relayed a message from one general manager in the majors noting that the veteran left-hander’s salary may make him “untradeable.”

Bumgarner signed off on a five-year deal worth $85 million with the Diamondbacks after the 2019 season, which included limited trade protection. He currently has two more years remaining on the contract; he will be owed $23 million and $14 million over the next two seasons, respectively.

After a pair of sluggish campaigns in Arizona, Bumgarner has turned back the clock in the 2022 season. He has logged 70.1 innings pitched over 14 starts. The four-time All-Star also boasts a 3.45 ERA — the lowest mark since his 2018 campaign. This comes as first-year Diamondbacks pitching coach Brent Strom has worked to simply exploit the potential out of the team’s starting rotation.

Bumgarner may not have a shortage of suitors at the trade deadline. For one, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi recently listed the St. Louis Cardinals as one possible destination for him later in the year.

As it stands, the Diamondbacks sit at 6.5 games back for the third wild-card spot in the National League. If their skid continues in the coming weeks, they could very well throw in the towel on their season and look ahead to the trade deadline.