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A deal that had to get done

Posted on: February 12, 2010 12:03 pm
Tim Lincecum's new contract doesn't matter in the way that Felix Hernandez's contract mattered, or Josh Johnson's contract mattered, or Justin Verlander's contract mattered.

But for Lincecum and the Giants, it does matter.

Player and team avoided an arbitration hearing neither of them needed by agreeing to a two-year, $23 million deal that makes sense for both sides. While it doesn't add a day to the time Lincecum is committed to stay in San Francisco (he's still not eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season), it avoids the resentment and/or disappointment that would have been inevitable had the sides gone to a hearing.

It's a huge raise for Lincecum, who made just $650,000 last year, when he wasn't arbitration-eligible. But after back-to-back Cy Youngs, it's hard to argue that it's not a deserved raise. It's better for the Giants than risking that they would lose in arbitration and pay him $13 million for this year alone, and better for Lincecum than risking that he would lose and make $8 million.

And for the rest of us, including for Giants fans? Sorry, but it really doesn't matter that much.
Category: MLB

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:47 pm

A deal that had to get done

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:34 am

A deal that had to get done

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:38 pm

A deal that had to get done

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:55 am

A deal that had to get done

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:03 pm

A deal that had to get done

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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:15 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:33 am

A deal that had to get done

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Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2010 10:00 am

A deal that had to get done

He signed an obvious contract and will most likely be a yankee in 3 years or less.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2010 7:02 pm

A deal that had to get done

Do your research. He is NOT
a free agent right after
Giants have rights to Tim Lincecum for two more years AFTER this recent contract is concluded. Unless there's a trade, he's a Giant at least through 2013.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 11:17 pm

A deal that had to get done

ACTUALLY the deal is for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.   Signing the 2 year deal for slightly less per season now means he can sign another 2 year deal for WAY more money when this deal expires which will lead him into free agency eligibility.

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