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It's on: Tim Lincecum files for arbitration

Jan 16, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for tim lincecum cy young.jpgTim Lincecum was one of 128 players to file for arbitration on Friday, paving the way for him to surpass the record $10 million salary for a first-time eligible player. Ryan Howard set the bar in 2008, a year after he won the National League MVP award.

Lincecum, 25, has won the National League Cy Young award in each of the
last two seasons, so the $10 million mark figures to be a starting
point on negotiations. In November, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports wondered
if Lincecum could file for as high as $23 million, matching C.C. Sabathia’s record annual salary for pitchers.

Through his first 90 games in the majors, Lincecum is 40-17 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, so he has a pretty strong case, regardless of service time. Matt Holliday may have signed the most expensive contract this winter, but everyone around baseball will be watching how the Giants proceed with their young ace in the coming weeks. 

Lincecum’s unique case may ultimately be a lesson in organizational patience,
since had the Giants had waited an extra 10 days before calling him up in 2007,
he would not have accrued enough service time to qualify as a “Super
Two” player for arbitration. To avoid this scenario, its become common practice to promote top prospects after Memorial Day. Take last season for
instance, when Matt Wieters, Tommy Hanson, Gordon Beckham, David Price,
Andrew McCutchen and Fernando Martinez all made their major league
debuts after May 25.

  1. Chris Farlowe - Jan 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    23 million was too much to begin with, but Lincecum took that number off the table by looking and acting exactly like Mitch Kramer from Dazed and Confused.

  2. Tall Paul - Jan 16, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    WTF??

  3. David - Jan 17, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    Can we not regurgitate lame Bill Simmons jokes on here? Thanks.

  4. Wee Bay - Jan 17, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    Can we please wait to post until or unless we have something substantive to say? By the way, I totally agree with Marlo’s head shooter. To go inside the apparently “stolen” joke, Lincecum can’t approach the stated number because he got busted for using pot. Is that easier for you to understand, David? Or shall I outline it for you with an Etch-a-Sketch?

  5. Goliath - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    By the way, you ignorant cock-snot, Bill Simmons is the biggest joke-thief on earth other than Carlos Men-stealer.

  6. James - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    I’m not entirely sure how what Lincecum smokes impacts his pitching. Isn’t the arbitration hearing based on what the player does on the field? How would the Giants even work Lincecum’s citation into the conversation?

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