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Giants offered Madison Bumgarner four-year contract just above $70M

Giants offered Madison Bumgarner four-year contract just above $70M

For years, the formula at Oracle Park was simple. Draft and develop contributors and then lock them up to lucrative extensions. 

It was a plan that kept Giants fans and players happy, but over time it became clear it was not sustainable. The Giants are more pragmatic these days, and that showed in the negotiations with Madison Bumgarner. The Giants were in it until the end, but Bumgarner ultimately found more money elsewhere.

The Giants offered a four-year deal just above $70 million, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. That fell short of the five-year $85 million deal Bumgarner reportedly has agreed to with the Diamondbacks. The Giants presented a higher average annual value but were unwilling to go to a fifth year for Bumgarner, who turned 30 in August. 

It’s unclear if anyone else out there was willing to offer the fifth year that ultimately may have been a tipping point. Bumgarner’s side sought a deal in excess of $100 million over the last week, meeting with the Giants and Dodgers at the Winter Meetings as the left-hander’s market started to come into place. 

While the Dodgers were serious about their pursuit, they never intended to get into the $100 million range. Instead, it was another NL West team that stepped up with the winning offer. 

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There would be no hometown discount this time. Bumgarner signed his first long-term deal as a 22-year-old, taking lifetime security and $35 million guaranteed, with two option years that were picked up. When he hit free agency for the first time, Bumgarner looked to make up for that below-market deal. The Diamondbacks were the ones most willing to help him do that. 

Why Mauricio Dubon envisions 'different vibe' upon Giants' return

Why Mauricio Dubon envisions 'different vibe' upon Giants' return

When Willie Mays arrived at Scottsdale Stadium last month, Mauricio Dubon walked over to say hello. Mays remembered Dubon from a meeting late last season, and he greeted him with, "It's the kid that smiles."

Dubon always has had an appreciation for playing the game and it shows every time he takes the field. He is the kid that smiles, and that got ramped up two years ago when baseball was taken away for the first time. 

Dubon missed most of the 2018 season after tearing his ACL in May. He said he had a greater appreciation for his career when he returned, and he thinks fans will see that from players across the big leagues when the coronavirus pandemic hiatus ends. 

"It's going to have a different vibe," Dubon said on the latest episode of The Giants Insider Podcast. "Players are going to be more appreciative knowing that, hey, one day this can be taken away. That's kind of what happened to me. I never take games for granted, but I was always -- not complaining, but I was always like, 'Oh, we're playing 11 a.m. games (in the minors).'

"And the next thing you know, I wish every game of the season was 11 a.m."

Dubon was Milwaukee's No. 10 prospect entering the 2018 season and got off to such a quick start that a promotion to the big leagues looked imminent. He hit .343 in his first 27 games with a slugging percentage of .574 and four homers.

Dubon had a 23-game hitting streak when he hurt his left knee during a rundown on May 5. His season was over. Dubon said he has been reminding family members during this current shutdown that he has had a similar experience. The Giants had an off day when MLB suspended spring training and players were soon told to head home indefinitely. 

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"I'm trying to emulate those feelings, everything is going to be fine," Dubon said. "Everything is going to work out. It's not going to stop. There's more to life than baseball, so we're just going to take it day to day."

For more from Dubon on what the last few weeks have been like, how he's communicating with teammates and coaches, his rookie season and learning to play the outfield, you can listen to The Giants Insider Podcast here or download it on iTunes here.

MLB The Show 20: Giants' most overrated, underrated players in game

MLB The Show 20: Giants' most overrated, underrated players in game

With the MLB season on indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, there’s a lot of time for baseball fans to play video games.

MLB The Show 20 was released last week, and fans all over have been simulating games in place of being able to watch them live.

The Giants weren’t expected to be much of a contender in 2020, and the player ratings on the roster seem to reflect that.

Former 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey checks in as the highest-rated Giants player, at just an 83 overall, placing him as the seventh-best catcher in the game. For comparison, the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers have eight players rated higher than the Giants’ longtime backstop.

Just behind Posey are starters Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, each checking in at a 79. 

After a strong rookie season, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski starts the year as a 78 overall, while Evan Longoria is a 76 entering another season at the hot corner.

These ratings shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to Giants fans, as the team has been struggling for several years now, last making the postseason in 2016.

Despite a somewhat steep statistical regression a year ago, it's surprising to see shortstop Brandon Crawford bumped all the way down to a 71 overall in the game's latest installment. The two-time All-Star has spent most of his career in the mid-80s.

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It's hard to find a lot of overrated players on this team, but Johnny Cueto gets a decent vote of confidence from the MLB The Show staff with his 79 score, after a rough return (albeit it in a limited sample size) last season from Tommy John surgery.

See the entire 40-man roster's ratings in the video here (skip to around 29:30 for the Giants).

But it’s all a simulation after all, so have some fun with it. Make some bold trades, bring back some all-time legends, go crazy.

Hopefully, we’ll be bringing you live baseball again soon.