San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner stated that no talks have taken placer regarding a contract extension with the team.
Many expect that the extension would likely make Bumgarner the highest-paid player in franchise history.
A reporter reminded Bumgarner that the team has frequently broken news at the annual Play Ball luncheon held shortly before the regular season starts, hinting that an extension could be announced then.
“If there’s something like that with me, it’s going to start after today, because there ain’t nothin’ happened yet,” Bumgarner said on Monday.
Bumgarner said he was excited about the Giants adding veteran closer Mar Melancon.
“He’s the complete package when it comes to a closer,” Bumgarner said. “Not too many people throw a 90 mph slider, cutter or whatever he wants to call it that goes straight down. His control, that’s the thing that gets you. You can have all the stuff you want, but if you don’t have command, it’s still going to be difficult for you. He has both.”
It’s been speculated that Bumgarner could command close to the $35.5 million that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will rake in this year.
Bumgarner will earn $11.5 million this season and is guaranteed $12 million next year.