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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.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.