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Giants pick up 2018 options for Madison Bumgarner, Matt Moore, and Pablo Sandoval

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have picked up the 2018 options for starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Moore, as well as third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Bumgarner, 28, had an option worth $12 million and has another one for 2019 worth the same. He made only 17 starts this past season because he injured his ribs and shoulder in a dirt bike accident back in April. The lefty finished with a 3.32 ERA and a 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.

Moore, 28, had the worst season of his career in 2017. He led the league with 15 losses while accruing a 5.52 ERA and a 148/67 K/BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings. Moore’s 2018 option is worth $9 million and he also has a 2019 option worth $10 million.

Sandoval, 31, rejoined the Giants after the Red Sox released him shortly after the second half began. He didn’t hit particularly well, putting up a .622 OPS in Boston and .638 in San Francisco. His 2018 option is worth $18 million, as is his 2019 option. He also has a 2020 club option worth $17 million.

The Sandoval decision is likely the most confusing, given how quickly he has declined as a player, as well as his injury history and his perception as a player overall. As Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles explains, the Giants decided to keep Sandoval around because they’re only paying him the major league minimum. The Red Sox are paying his salary minus that major league minimum. So the Giants can bring Sandoval into camp and if he looks like he can produce, he will have a bench role on the 25-man roster. If he doesn’t look good in spring training, the Giants can cut him with no penalty whatsoever.

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.