By Matt Snyder
The Giants have signed ace Tim Lincecum to a two-year contract worth more than $40 million, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned.
This contract is interesting because it avoids arbitration -- where Lincecum was asking for a record amount -- for this season and next season. However, he was set to be a free agent after the 2013 season anyway, so the contract will not lock him up for any of those free agency seasons. Thus, any club possibly eyeing a run at Lincecum in the 2014 free agency class can still pine after him. It's possible he'll be up for grabs, but it's also two years away. A lot can happen before then.
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Lincecum, 27, is an elite pitcher. He was 13-14 last season, but don't let the record fool you, as the Giants were offensively challenged. Lincecum had a 2.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 220 strikeouts in 217 innings. He finished sixth in Cy Young voting. He won the Cy Young in both 2008 and 2009 for the Giants and was the ace of the staff that helped carry the Giants to their first World Series championship (2010) since moving to San Francisco.
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