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Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:30 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 3:41 pm
 


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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It's worth noting the Giants tried to get Lincecum to sign a more long-term deal. Heyman reported Sunday that the Giants had offered Lincecum "at least" $100 million over five years, but the Lincecum camp turned that offer down. In accepting something with a very similar average annual value but not the extra three years, it could be a major sign that Lincecum wants to test the market in two years. But, again, a lot can change until that comes to fruition.

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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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:16 am
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

Hopefully the economy will improve so Lincecum in two years when he is a free agent he can get enough money so the poor guy can make ends meet. (rolling eyes) Actually he is set for a huge payout in 2 years if that arm holds up.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:17 am
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

I am glad the Giants spent all this cash on the best pitcher in the Natioanl League. This secures the GIANTS of not optaining any quality BIG SLUGGER for atleast 2 years.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:54 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

cjp180:  Ignorant. If you are going to write something, please try, just try, not to show everyone how stupid you are. Your asinine comment of the "beat-downs that Kershaw gave you last year" shows your ignorance.  They went face to face 4 times. One game was 2-1 with Tim givng up 2 runs. In the other three tim gave up 1 run in each of those games.  5 runs given up in 4 games. Beat down?? Well, I'll agree that both picther's beat down the other teams bats but Tim did not get beat down.  Oh by the way, I was at the game in SF in June and the SF starting lineup was unbelievable. They had 1 guy batting over 240 in the starting line up and 3 with an average under 200.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

$40 million buys a sh*tpot full of reefer so Californians will need to buy extra fans to keep the smoke out of their eyes!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

What does that mean that Clayton Kershaw is worth then ??? I'm surprised you're willing to stay in the NL west Timmy, given the beat-downs that Kershaw gave you last year. Still at least you might be able to win the odd game against the Pads and Rockies
When did kershaw gave this so called beat down to Lincecum, Kershaw and Lincecum pitched against each other in 4 games this last season. All 4 games was very close and the Giants was out scored by 4 points, so I don't think losing by 1 point is a beat down.
It don't matter how many times it happen


BFJ
Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:47 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

With all the risk being on the Giants, this is a good deal for them. They've gotten Lincecum in his prime, won a WS, and get him for two more years. If he tests free agency and leaves, so be it. Then another team will take all the risk as he gets older and begins to break down. The worst thing the Giants could have done is sign him for 7-8 more years.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

What does that mean that Clayton Kershaw is worth then ??? I'm surprised you're willing to stay in the NL west Timmy, given the beat-downs that Kershaw gave you last year. Still at least you might be able to win the odd game against the Pads and Rockies 




Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

He wants to go to the Mets for an overpaid contract then become injury prown! 



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

The one difference is Halladay never won a title and never would have, at least after this 2 years is up there is no more Zito, Rowand & Huff are off the books, and Cain is either signed or gone so they should have money for Timmy and hopefully a BAT!


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