The Giants announced they inked Madison Bumgarner for 5 years — I loved using that verb inked.

This shows, yet again, the Giants are committed to their best pitchers, and good for them. And Bumgarner is very good and should last a long time with that fluid delivery. Here is the Giants press release:



            SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Giants have signed left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner to a five-year extension through 2017 with a club/vesting option for 2018 and a club option for 2019, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. The five-year extension covers Bumgarner through his arbitration years and his first year of free agency.

             “Preserving our core pitching for the long term remains a top priority for the Giants and today’s extension certainly helps further that goal,” said Sabean. “Madison has already proven that he is one of the best left handed pitchers in the game today and we are confident that he will continue to succeed for many years to come.”

Bumgarner, who is currently the second youngest player on the Giants’ 25-man roster at just 22 years old, has been a vital piece to the Giants’ starting rotation since being called up to the big leagues in 2009. Since then, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound left-hander has posted a 21-20 record with a 3.12 ERA (117er, 337.0ip) in 57 games (54 starts) over parts of four seasons in a Giants uniform.

Last season the North Carolina native finished 11th in the National League with a 3.21 ERA and he reached the 200.0 inning plateau for the first time in his professional career. His 8.40 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 2011 was the third-best ratio among all NL left-handed pitchers behind Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (9.57) and Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (9.21).

Since 2010, Bumgarner has posted the second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.71), third-lowest ERA (3.17), fifth-highest strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (7.76).

At 20 years and 38 days old, Bumgarner became the franchise’s youngest pitcher to start a game in his Major league debut since the Giants moved West in 1958. A year later he became the fifth-youngest pitcher to start a World Series game and fourth-youngest to win a World Series contest at just 21 years and 91 days old.

Drafted by the Giants in the first round (10th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player draft, Bumgarner has gone 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in his first two starts this season. He’s scheduled to pitch tomorrow night against Phillies’ right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton.

Today’s press conference will be streamed live on sfgiants.com

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  1. Stan

    I wonder how many prospects Beane could have gotten?. They write books about Beane and make movies you know. That poor Sabean,nobody calls HIM a genius.

    April 16th, 2012 1:40 pm

  2. Tiburon Dave

    Smart move all the way around.

    Even hedges Lincecum.

    Now if they can just put 5 runs up with some consistancy…

    April 16th, 2012 2:09 pm

  3. glenellen

    That is funny Stan, but true.
    My other thought is how much of this is Sabean or Larry Baer ? The last guy got canned for not reviewing with the other owners first. Now all of a sudden big contracts to Cain and Bumgarner. Maybe this long term commitment will sway Timmy in the future to stay here longer too. (Hope he pitches better tonight.)

    April 16th, 2012 3:12 pm

  4. Dave T

    Well done by the Giants. Agreed that it hedges Lincecum. Basically they really have him and Cain locked up for the long haul and that is a good thing. Lowell, remind me what the contract status with Posey is? Do they have that battery locked down for a while?

    April 16th, 2012 3:18 pm

  5. KauaiRobert

    HIT THE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16th, 2012 3:28 pm

  6. Mark M

    Amazing to see the Giants build their teams around pitching finally. Seemed like they never learned their lesson in the Candlestick days….always trying to be big home run team and skimp on pitching. We know how that worked out. Looks like they finally got it for good. Good move Sabean!

    April 16th, 2012 3:47 pm

  7. CohnZohn

    Posey is signed through this year but it’s not like he can get away any time soon.

    April 16th, 2012 4:12 pm

  8. mendozaline

    Here is a link to a great baseball contracts site:


    the Giants are here:


    The Giants have exclusive rights to Posey through the
    2016 season. He is eligible for arbitration after this season.

    April 16th, 2012 5:47 pm

  9. Johnny Christo

    Sign Buster, trade Lincecum for young talent, ride the Bumgarner-Cain train to the promised land.

    April 17th, 2012 8:42 am

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