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Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers, Giants get the best of both worlds with their big additions

Dieter Kurtenbach, Bay Area News Group on

Published in Football

Never let anyone say folks in the Bay Area aren’t clever.

The baseball team from The City made a sharp move late Friday night.

The football team in the South Bay did the same thing hours later.

For the Giants, the move was getting Matt Chapman — the former MVP candidate third baseman — to agree to a deal that is preposterously team friendly. Three years, $54 million is a far, far cry from the seven-plus year, nine figure deal Chapman and his agent, Scott Boras, wanted at the start of free agency.

When I wrote then that I thought the Giants should pass on Chapman, it had nothing to do with the player.

OK, almost nothing to do with the player.

 

It was a vote of no confidence that Chapman would not be able to perform at at a high level — one commensurate with his pay — should he be signed to such a mega-deal.

But there’s almost no downside for the Giants with this deal.

He’s worth $20 million this season.

After that, if he wants to hang around — he has opt-out clauses after the first and second year of the deal — he can make $18 million and $16 million, respectively.

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