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Tim Lincecum isn’t signing with Giants before free agency

Oct 18, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Last month, after locking up Hunter Pence to a long-term deal before he hit the open market, Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that he hoped to do the same with impending free agent Tim Lincecum.

However, according to Andrew Baggarly of the two sides haven’t been able to come to an agreement and Lincecum expects to become a free agent.

Baggarly reports that the Giants offered him a two-year deal and plan to make a qualifying offer to Lincecum, which means they’ll receive draft pick compensation if/when he signs elsewhere. He’d also have the option of simply accepting the qualifying offer, which would be a one-year deal for around $14 million, but presumably Lincecum feels he can do better.

He’ll be one of the more interesting free agents to track, because Lincecum is still just 29 years old and his track record includes two Cy Young awards, but since the beginning of 2012 he has a 20-29 record and 4.76 ERA in 65 starts.

  1. Marty - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Considering he could have been two years in to a 6 year contract at 20 mil per, Id say his judgement in these matters is piss poor.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Right? Who is this guys financial manager?

  2. sisqsage - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Nearly impossible to know what his true market value is at this point. The Timmy of 2008-2011 is gone. You couldn’t trust him to be a starter in 2012, and wound up being a better reliever. The 2013 season was about reinventing himself and learning how to “pitch to contact” (when you pray your defense can make the play and is positioned right). The results were mixed, partly due to a bad defense. Looked like he turned a corner with the no-hitter, but then followed that up with a bad start. So he is still a re-work in progress. Privately, he is probably excited to be exploring other options, and would jump at a more lucrative offer, which there will probably be at least one more than what Sabean will pay. Lincecum’s always been frustrated with the lack of runs scored in SF. His best year was 18 wins (first CY award). Easily could have won 25 with a real offense behind him. That’s what is intriguing to him now: playing for a team with bats up and down the lineup. Moneywise, the Giants might be better off with a rotation of Bum, Cain, Petit, a reworked deal for Vogey to come back for (which he would likely do after a year filled with injury and struggles), and a FA lefty, calle it the Zito Dividend. Gaudin is also an option as a spot starter/long reliever (much cheaper too). Then hope top prospect Crick is ready in 2015, along with some other nice arms that will start off 2014 in AA or higher. Still think Kickham has some potential, and will learn from his 2013 experience vs. MLB hitters.

  3. APBA Guy - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    There’s a “face of the franchise” thing with Timmy that’s indisputable for the Giants, and make no mistake, they have a lot of money with Zito and Timmy’s combined $ 46M now off the books. Even the Pence deal only cost them about $ 5M (average) more than what they were already paying him, so net they still have $ 41M to play with, plus whatever else they have lying around from drawing 3M fans, TV, merchandising, etc..The new efficiency, and the Giants are leaders at this, is really using your good young players during their team-control years, then either trading them or signing them to affordable deals, based on their worth to the team. I think that’s what you’ll see from the Giants here. They’ll offer him something they can live with, if someone wants to top that, they still have $ 41M+ to fill the hole.

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