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Tim Lincecum will seek a short-term deal to rebuild his value

Oct 20, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum AP

Tim Lincecum has had a rough couple of years, posting a 4.76 ERA dating back to the start of the 2012 season. While some reported the right-hander was seeking a longer-term deal, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports disagrees. Heyman writes that Lincecum already turned down a two-year deal from the Giants and could be seeking a contract elsewhere that lasts only one or two years, which would allow him to prove himself as a top-end starter. If he does, it could be a windfall compared to what he would otherwise get.

Heyman writes:

While it’s possible Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner and two-time World Champion with the Giants, could end up elsewhere and maybe even with a longer deal, people familiar with the team’s negotiations suggest the pitcher seemed more interested in a short deal in his dealings with the Giants, for either one or two years.

That wouldn’t be inconsistent with how Lincecum has handled things in the past, turning down longer deals for shorter ones. He is said to have a belief that he’s on the verge of regaining his past form, and unusually interested in short deals at this time, a la Roger Clemens (the Clemens at the end of his career, anyway).

From 2007-11, Lincecum’s fastball averaged 91-94 MPH. It has averaged just over 90 MPH over the last two seasons, one reason why his ability to generate swings and misses declined. His control also went haywire, but to his credit, during the 2013 season, he issued fewer walks. The other big problem was his propensity to the home run. He allowed a total of 44 over the last two seasons, including 18 at home. Moving to a more hitter-friendly park could be risky.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Mets would be a good fit.

  2. kruegere - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Come to the Rays!

    Hickey wants that changeup so bad.

  3. 12strikes - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    He’s going to look great as the 3rd starter for the Phillies next season
    Anyone other then Kyle Kendrick.

    • tuberippin - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:04 AM

      Hi. Fellow Phils fan here. What the fuck are you thinking? What year do you think it is?

    • cktai - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Add Dan Haren or Josh Johnson and the Phillies will be unbeatable four years ago.

      • stex52 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        This ^^^^^^^^

  4. tfbuckfutter - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Me and O’Bannion blame Carl’s mom.

  5. boltbacker - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Come pitch at Petco.

  6. beastmode5150 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Hometown mariners will Sign him because that’s what they do, tug on heartstrings, get local boys and resign ex mariners back when they get over 40 and are washed up.

  7. racksie - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Twins. Target Field is a very pitcher friendly park. Twins need a frontline starter BADLY. And the 1 or 2 year deal is right in their wheelhouse. Twins.

  8. smcgaels1997 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    So wants a short term elsewhere after he got 22 mill per year the last 2? Slap in the face. Good luck leaving SF, a town he’s adored in by fans and embark in a “re-establishment” contract

    • hcf95688 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Yeah, Adored. Put that in one hand and take a shit in the other. See which one fills up first. Brian Wilson showed how quick Frisco fans turn from “adore” turns to abhor”.

      • bgrillz - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        When you go to LA, what do you expect?

      • chetsteadman138 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Giants offered Wilson a very fair offer considering the circumstances. He wanted guaranteed money when he wasn’t going to play for 3/4 of the season. He then declined to show up to the ceremony to get his World Series ring (for the season in which he pitched TWO games). He straight up didn’t answer calls by Bochy and most of the front office trying to schedule a time to pick up his ring and maybe have some kind of farewell celebration at the stadium. He then turns around and accepts the same deal from the Dodgers that the Giants offered at the beginning of the season. The guy definitely burned every single bridge possible. He spit in the face of the organization and deserves all of the hate he gets.

  9. raysfan1 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    If he wants a short term contract, all he has to do is accept the qualifying offer he is sure to receive.

    • racksie - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      That is a great point. Maybe wants out of San Francisco? Seems unlikely, but the qualifying offer is about $14 million this year? That’s the smart move. For both sides.

  10. giantboy99 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Hello KC

  11. cohnjusack - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    It was reported in January of 2012 that Lincecum rejected a 5-year, $100 million extension from the Giants.

    …wonder if he regrets that.

  12. jpm557 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    The Big Apples calling for Big Time Timmy Jim

  13. nickmiller63 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Wilson deserved to be abhorred. Lincecum IS adored. You have no clue what San Francisco fans are about, Mr. Frisco who takes shits in his hand. Gross.

  14. rohlo - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    my guess is he stays on the west coast and plays in san diego and that pitchers park. lots of ties between san diego and san franciso it seems. both teams sign each others free agents as wellwith the dodgers too!

  15. jonirocit - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Wtf is a ” Big Time Timmy Jim”? I’m a Giants fan and that has to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard !

  16. twinwildflyer - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    It’s from an ESPN commercial…he just should probably start blazing again so he can be what he once was.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      You got a good hook up in the Twin Cities area? That may be the x factor when it comes to choosing his next team.

  17. Carl Hancock - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Ala a Clemens? So Lincecum is going to start doing PED’s and turn his career around and play better than he ever has and sign a huge deal after next season? Somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen unless by PED’s you mean pot and while I loved watching Timmy pitch, I don’t think he’ll ever regain what he had in his dominant few years. But it was an amazing few years. He should have signed the big deal back when the Giants offered him one.

  18. ezthinking - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Anaheim is calling for sure.

  19. ballcapkathy - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Rangers will probably go after him. They are famous for going after has beens.

  20. ajbaxter1975 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM


  21. emdash01 - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    The only teams who’d consider signing him have to be either the Giants themselves or ones with protected first round picks, as he’s getting a qualifying offer and a team would have to be pretty crazy to give up their pick for a starting pitcher that’s coming off two mediocre-to-poor-years and is at best a lottery ticket.

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