Blog Entry

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.

More Giants coverage
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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.
Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

Owners also have the most to lose. Im not on the owners side. Sports salaries have gotten way out of hand. And we keep going to the games and paying out the A$$!



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

Mets are paying Jason Bay $18M...Lincecum for $20M is a bargain. Wait until the Tigers re-up Verlander...looking at $25-$30M per year.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

owners are making ten times that!!!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

When owners are bringing in BILLIONS!!!!! 20 million is a bargain



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Giants, Lincecum close on two-year deal

No way is anybody worth 20 million a year in any sport. Even a guy that smokes dope!



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com