On Monday the San Francisco Giants locked up one of the best young arms in the game for the next five years.
The deal is for a guaranteed $35 million over the five years, but could jump to $40 million if Bumgarner qualifies as Super-Two arbitration eligible after the current season. Shea also reports that "A recent estimate suggested he might miss it by a week."
Last year, the lefty pitched to a 3.21 ERA in 204.2 innings while striking out 191 and walking only 46.
The Giants did not want to waste any time in getting this deal done to assure that the young pitcher stays in San Francisco for a long time.
Giants General Manger Brian Sabean commented on the deal,
Preserving our core pitching for the long term remains a top priority for the Giants, and today’s extension certainly helps further that goal. 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 has a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings this season while striking out five and walking four. He will look to repay the Giants on Tuesday night when he pitches in his third start of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies.
San Francisco relies heavily on their pitchers every year to contend in the National League. The contract extension gives them piece of mind that they will have another ace for years to come.