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Giants pick up options for Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

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The Giants announced on Monday that the club options for starter Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval have been exercised. Bumgarner’s option is for $12 million and Sandoval’s is for $18 million. Sandoval also has a club option for the 2020 season worth $17 million with a $5 million buyout.

Bumgarner, 29, missed the first two months of the season due to a fractured left pinkie finger suffered during spring training. He made his season debut on June 5 and went on to go 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA and a 109/43 K/BB ratio. His strikeout rate was his lowest since 2010 and his walk rate was the highest of his career. The Giants have been expected to discuss a contract extension with Bumgarner, but given those trends, the club may wait to see how he performs going into next season before finalizing anything.

Sandoval, 32, had his best season since 2014, serving mostly as a corner infielder for the Giants. He hit a respectable .248/.310/.417 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 252 plate appearances. He will be back in a bench role next season.

[Update: It’s worth pointing out that the Red Sox will be picking up all but the major league minimum ($545,000) of the $18 million Sandoval is owed, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes.]

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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