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.