Giants sign Bumgarner, then reach out to Lincecum, Posey, too


Giants sign Bumgarner, then reach out to Lincecum, Posey, too

SAN FRANCISCO The Giants arent done wrapping up theirhomegrown stars. They want to conduct more business with Buster Posey andTim Lincecum, too.

After completing Madison Bumgarners five-year extension,Giants vice president Bobby Evans touched base with the agents for Lincecum andPosey on Monday, and said there was mutual interest in keeping both stars inGiants uniforms for the longer term.

Really, it was to remind them of our view of them as apriority, Evans said. Its reiterating what they already know. Wed like tosee them as Giants into the future.

The Giants already tried to sign Lincecum to a longer-termdeal that would buy out his free-agent years. The two-time Cy Young Awardwinner preferred a two-year structure for the contract he signed over thewinter, which only bought out the remainder of his arbitration years. He canbecome a free agent after the 2013 season.

I asked Giants CEO Larry Baer what Bumgarners extensionmeans in terms of providing budget certainty when making another run atLincecum. Baer hinted strongly that the interest to extend Lincecum would waneif his performance slips.

Weve made no secret about our strategy, Baer said. Wewant to lock up as many homegrown players as we can. It doesnt mean well beable to lock up every homegrown player.

First and foremost, its a baseball evaluation. We loveTimmy and we came to an agreement on a two-year deal. But well continue toevaluate everybody, including Timmy.

Evans said Mondays call to Poseys agent was the firstoverture towards negotiating a multiyear deal for the cleanup-hitting catcher.

With Buster, we had really limited conversations to oneyear, said Evans, who signed Posey to a 615,000 contract in the spring.There will be a time we want to readdress that and Buster knows that, too.

However, Evans said he did not expect contract negotiationsto begin during the season.

Its not a good practice, said Evans, explaining thatBumgarners deal was an exception because the two sides had made substantialprogress before opening day.

Thats why I thank Madison and his agent (Tom Little) forfinishing what we started, Evans said.

Bumgarners contract has two structures to account for theuncertainty over whether he will qualify for arbitration after this season as asuper two player. The top 22 percent of players with two-plus years ofservice time gain an extra year of arbitration eligibility. (It used to be thetop 17 percent under the previous collective bargaining agreement.)

Bumgarner is currently not forecasted to make the super-twocut, but that could change if other players with similar service time get sentdown to the minor leagues this year.

If Bumgarner is not a super-two, hell make 750,000 in2013, followed by salaries of 3.75 million, 6.75 million, 9.75 million and11.5 million.

If Bumgarner does qualify, he will make 3 million in 2013,followed by salaries of 5.5 million, 7 million, 10 million and 12 million.

The contract also includes two club options for 12 millionin 2018 and 19, and both have escalators based on the Cy Young Award. IfBumgarner wins the Cy Young at any point during the contract, both option yearswould be worth 16 million. If he has a second- or third-place finish in the CyYoung balloting at any point, the options would be worth 14 million.

Two more things about the option years:

The Giants have a buyout of 1.5 million that can apply toeither option year. And the first option can become guaranteed (not a playeroption) if Bumgarner throws 200 innings in 2017 or 400 innings between 2016-17.

Doing the math: If Bumgarner is a super-two, he maxes outboth options and the Giants exercise them, the total value of the contractcould be worth as much as 70.5 million.

Oh, and Bumgarner has a limited no-trade clause in which hecan name eight teams annually to which he cannot be dealt. The no-trade takeseffect this season.

And two more things about the contract in general:

Bumgarners 560,000 contract for this season, which wassigned in March, remains unchanged. Except he gets a 1 million signing bonusin the extension, half of which is payable this year and half next year.

Bumgarner, 22, said the extension made sense for his familyand hes thrilled to know hell be part of the same rotation with Matt Cain foryears to come.

Hes been a mentor to me my whole career, Bumgarner saidof Cain, who signed his five-year, 112.5 million extension two weeks ago. Itllbe a good thing for both of us.

Baer and Evans both talked about Bumgarners outstandingaccomplishments as well as his professionalism and temperament on the mound.Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he couldnt be happier for Bumgarner, who willstart Tuesday against the Phillies.

Great news for all of us, Bochy said. To have two-fifthsof our rotation tied up is a special thing.

Bochy said Bumgarners makeup is off the charts. So is hisconfidence. Asked about the Phillies vaunted rotation, Bumgarner said hellstack up the Giants against anyone.

They obviously have a good one, one of the best, but whoknows how good we can be? Bumgarner said. We can be just as good, if notbetter.

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers has had his way with the San Francisco Giants, and so has San Diego.

Oh how this rivalry has shifted - not to mention Myers' power stroke at AT&T Park, where he has already cleared the fences five times this season.

He decided to embrace the ballpark's challenging conditions and typical chilly temperatures coming off the bay.

Myers homered for a career-best third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

"One of the big things is just actually wanting to come here to play. Last year I kind of dreaded coming here because it's a pitcher's ballpark and they have great pitchers," Myers said. "One thing I did this year was just got excited to play here. It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well."

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th big league start and sixth on the road. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

"A couple bad pitches they ambushed me early in the count," Blach said. "It's frustrating when you're rolling like that you can't make adjustments quick enough."

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

"We still have a ton of respect for who they are, the players on the field and what they've done," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We know at any point in time they could go reel off 10 or 12 and have a great run. We don't want that to start on us."

Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.

No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect


No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.