The Giants have made it known that their goal is to retain ace Madison Bumgarner for the long haul, but a contract extension might not come until next offseason at the earliest because of the luxury-tax threshold, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Giants will outspend the mark for third straight year in 2017, writes Shea, meaning they’ll have to pay a 50 percent tax on every dollar they exceed next season’s $195MM limit. By extending Bumgarner, the Giants would put themselves in position to incur more taxes. Fortunately for San Francisco, a new deal for Bumgarner isn’t necessarily urgent. The 27-year-old is under control at a palatable $35MM for three more years, including $12MM team options for 2018 and ’19.
More from the NL:
- The Cardinals entered free agency intent on signing center fielder Dexter Fowler, general manager John Mozeliak revealed after the team inked him to a five-year, $82.5MM deal Friday. “From day one, this was always someone we were hoping to sign,” Mozeliak said (via Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch). “We wanted to address athleticism. We wanted to address someone who could hit at the top of the order if possible to allow us flexibility with (Matt) Carpenter. And we were also looking to find someone extremely competent on the basepaths. But Mr. Fowler is more than that.” Mozeliak, who just met Fowler face to face for the first time Thursday, also lauded his “infectious” personality and leadership abilities. “I don’t want to overplay this but when you think about his personality and the energy he brings, it was very evident at dinner,” added Mozeliak. “It really just reinforced what we were trying to do, that this was the right person for us.”
- Mets manager Terry Collins wanted Michael Conforto to play winter ball this offseason, but the outfielder’s representatives “weren’t enthused,” tweets Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. Conforto’s camp balked at the idea because of the significant financial ramifications that would have come had he suffered a major injury. The 23-year-old isn’t under contract for the long haul (or even next season), so he doesn’t have future guaranteed money due from the Mets. That isn’t the case for teammate and fellow outfielder Juan Lagares, who’s playing winter ball two seasons into a five-year extension. Lagares, who suffered a minor injury to his throwing shoulder Saturday, has at least $20.5MM coming his way over the rest of his contract.