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Fresh off the Hunter Pence deal, the Giants now look to retain Tim Lincecum

Sep 28, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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The Giants made headlines earlier today when they signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a five-year, $90 million contract extension. With that hurdle cleared, the Giants are now focusing on keeping starter Tim Lincecum around, reports Hank Schulman.

Though Lincecum has had a tough couple of years, he has been the biggest reason for their recent success, taking home back-to-back NL Cy Young awards in 2008 and ’09, and contributing to their championships in 2010 and ’12. Since the start of the 2012 season, however, Lincecum has a 4.76 ERA over 65 starts. He has shown promise at times and has looked better lately, posting a 3.66 ERA in his last six starts to wrap up the season.

Lincecum earned $22 million this season, the last of a two-year, $40.5 million extension signed in January 2012. CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly suggests Lincecum could fetch $30 million over three years on the open market, so the Giants would need to present a competitive offer.

  1. missingdiz - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    His “better” these days is a month with a 3.66 ERA. He’s an average major league pitcher these days, at best. Are average pitchers worth $30 mil. for 3 yrs.? Just asking.

    • bfunk1978 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Kyle Lohse was to the Brewers.

      • paperlions - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Among the 82 pitchers that have thrown at least 400 innings over the last 3 years, Lohse has the 14th best ERA, mostly because he doesn’t walk anyone (6th lowest BB rate), and isn’t prone to giving up HRs. He has been a very good pitcher over the last 3 years, more effective at preventing runs than Hernandez (who pitches in a fantastic pitcher park) or Greinke and a whole host of other big name pitchers.

    • dan1111 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      Lincecum is worth that money if there is a chance he can return to a higher level of play. He may never return to his 2008-2009 form, but he wouldn’t have to do that to be quite valuable. He isn’t the first pitcher ever to lose velocity; most pitchers as good as him are able to adjust and still be successful.

      These days, $10 million per year will barely get you an above-average starter. Lincecum carries more risk, but also a lot more upside, than most who would get that kind of contract.

  2. kingscourt25 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    LOL if they pay off based off past performance and sympathy

  3. spyder9669 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    If we can land Timmy for 3/30 mill that would be an incredible steal. I think he ends up getting 3/42 mill from somebody

    • missthemexpos - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      For some reason 4/20 has a nice ring to it for Lincecum.

  4. dirtycrumbs - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Baseball is more fun when this guy dominates.

    I miss the old Timmy.

  5. fearthehoody - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Let Tim walk and Seattle will give him 8 years $150 million for sure

  6. Anoesis - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Looks like all that money in L.A. is affecting the Giants’ judgment.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Since the Dodgers are horrible because of it…right?

  7. robertb655 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    The Pence deal was AWFUL! If they do this too, they are just giving up

  8. spacemaker101 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Hahahah missthemexpos I’m with you dude 4/20

  9. joecool16280 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Just dreading Sabean giving him 5 years for 80 mil…cause thats his MO.

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