San Francisco Giants: 3 Ripple Effects of the Madison Bumgarner Extension

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San Francisco Giants: 3 Ripple Effects of the Madison Bumgarner Extension
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In between all of the complaints tossed Brian Sabean's way by Giants fans over the last few years, the Giants' front office continues to demonstrate a certain level of competence, especially when it comes to the pitching staff.  

Recently, the Giants locked Madison Bumgarner into a deal that keeps him under team control potentially until 2019.  The contract will pay Bumgarner, a potential annual Cy Young candidate, an average of $5 million per year.  

For comparison's sake, Tim Lincecum will rake in $63 million from 2010-2013, his last four pre-free-agent seasons.  Bumgarner, who could command Lincecum-level money if he keeps pitching the way he has, is set to make a little over $30 million during his last four pre-free-agent years.  

Locking in players this early is always a risk.  If Bumgarner continues his development into a Tom Glavine clone, the Giants will get away like bandits.  In more ways than one.  In fact, here are three ripple effects of the Bumgarner deal.     

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