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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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Comments

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

When they offered him $100 million I knew there was now way he was going to sign that. In two years he will be looking at a HUGE raise but he is taking a risk because if he gets injured he will lose so much money.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

When they offered him $100 million I knew there was now way he was going to sign that. In two years he will be looking at a HUGE raise but he is taking a risk because if he gets injured he will lose so much money. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

I'm surprised you don't see more deals like this one.  I blame it on the agents.  2 years and $40 million is a great step to lock up a power contract after this one is up, and if an injury creeps in, $40 mil - more than buys a lifetime supply of fun and whatever else he wants to put in his pipe.  Just seems like a good calculated risk for all parties.



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

just give him 4 years and $100 M.  Whats $5 M this way or that.  He's a stud and one of the best in the game.  Now go out and add a bat...unless everyone in camp thinks Belt is the answer....which he may very well be.  



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

Sooner or later, Timmy will want to play for a team that can score some runs for him.  He gives it 2 years more by the Bay, and splits then, if the Giants don't give that pitching staff some help.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

 Maybe he wants to re-evaluate after a couple seasons to see how the Giants front office are doing. Currently things dont look too great, and you never know when the execs are gonna do some cost cutting, which is never good. He probably doesnt want to be in the same situation Halladay was in Toronto.



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

Why take 20 mil for 2 years when they are offering 20 mil for 5. I know he will be able to leverage more in free agency, but 2 years anything can happen to that arm. I would lock it up and feel good about having enough for the future.


Maybe he's been doing premium bud for weeks and is in a time warp.




Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum agree on two-year deal

Why take 20 mil for 2 years when they are offering 20 mil for 5. I know he will be able to leverage more in free agency, but 2 years anything can happen to that arm. I would lock it up and feel good about having enough for the future.




Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

$20 mill is a pile but the Giants have to do it. They continue to buy cheaper, average hitters and hope for the best. So they have to spend the money on pitching. Next up you'll see them sign Cain for 3-4 yrs & $12-14 mill per.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

Especially now that the Tigers just gave Prince $214 mil.


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