Posted October 23, 2013

Giants, Tim Lincecum agree to two-year, $35 million deal

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The San Francisco Giants have signed ace Tim Lincecum to a 2-year deal.

Tim Lincecum has agreed to a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum has agreed to a two-year deal that will keep him with the San Francisco Giants, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $35 million.

Lincecum is reported to have turned down an earlier two-year offer from the Giants this month in the hopes of getting a better offer before he had a chance to test the free-agent market this winter.

CORCORAN: Lincecum’s new contract is inexplicable

The qualifying offer for compensation should Lincecum have gone to the open market was $14 million for one year.

The Giants have been busy this month, signing outfielder Hunter Pence to an extension worth $90 million over five years.


24 comments
James171
James171

Lincecum will generate 10 million in merchandise alone over the next two years.  He has solved his mechanics and has figured out how to pitch with out a 96 mph fastball.  His strike out to walk ratio was consistently 3k's to 1 walk while averaging 1k/per 9 innings.  He lowered his ERA from the worst in the league at 5.45 in 2012 to 4.3 in 2013.  The only way this deal does not make sense is if it handcuffs the Giants from signing another pitcher (or two) and a much needed left fielder.  I would assume that a majority of people posting that this is a "horrible deal" really dont watch Lincecum or the Giants and just basing their opinion on his win/loss totals and not the amount of quality starts (16) and his ability to still strike out batters.  The risk is certainly there but the reward is far greater.  The Giants are printing money out of that ball park and while they did over pay Lincecum it was to get that second year.  The giants do not have any pitcher that will be ready out of AAA before 2015 and the FA market is lacking so this really did make sense for the Giants.  

RichW
RichW

I visited my Dad in San Fran this summer and headed over to the ball park. This was a common Thursday afternoon game against the lowly Padres. The cheapest ticket I could get was $37 each, and that was for damn standing room only!!! I refused to pay. I still love sports for some reason, but I'm not going to pay that kind of money to stand up so a less than middling pitcher could get paid $17.5 Mills a year.

dollarbill300
dollarbill300

That's going to buy a lot of weed for timmy.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

at least obama is happy with the federal taxes coming in for his kind !!

George
George

Let Timmy SMOKE!!

leider3676
leider3676

$35mil,? Giants overpaying Tim $10 mil..

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

He'll earn it. He's not broken down yet. Look for a turnaround.

beast
beast

Really stupid move. MLB has solved Lincesemen. 

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Football?  Nope.  Basketball?  Maybe no.  Hockey?  Nyet.  "Teach Your Children" how to play baseball.

WayneWaterman
WayneWaterman

Lincecum followed the number one rule in contract negotiations: share your doobie with those you are negotiating with.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Ridiculous! $17 million per year for a guy who was 20 and 29 over the past two seasons, while pitching less than 200 innings per year. These salaries for pitchers are idiotic. Teams are paying $15 to 25 million for players who play in 20% of games. Based on Lincecum's deal Kershaw should get a billion dollars.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

That's a lot of $$$ for someone whose 2012-13 ERA is around 5.00. 


RichW
RichW

This is just crazy. It's safe to say that two straight dismal seasons is not exactly some kind of aberration.

kyyled5
kyyled5

Giants fan here. This is absurd. Did anyone WATCH the last 2 years? If you're that nostalgic, make the 14M qualifying offer and taker the draft pick if he's dumb enough not to sign it. And hope he doesn't.

John02169
John02169

Granted I did not see the Giants play a lot this year............but am I miss something?   Did the forget a decimal point between the 3 and the 5?

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

Ha ha ha ha ha, good one. I love good satire, and this is top notch! Actually had me fooled there for a second.

But seriously, does anyone know what Lincecum really signed for? A couple million, something like that?

Mark112
Mark112

$35M for a broken down former flame thrower. The Giants better savor their recent championships because the team won't get another sniff at the series with bonehead moves like this. The Yankees East have the division sewn up until the next player's strike.

ngk11
ngk11

It Seems like a good idea to resign the vets for a lot of money on this team with the way dominated this year

Michael223
Michael223

lincecum is a great pitcher.......... for the home run derby

MichaelC
MichaelC

Lincecum is probably outside the top 20 pitchers in the NL and his best days are far behind him. The Giants overpaid because the fan-base loves the guy and Sabean has a history of "rewarding" players for past performance (i.e. Huff, Pagan, etc.). Besides, Tim had rejected a 5 year, $100M extension offer in 2012 so in a way, the Giants are getting him for a discount. Paid him $40.5M past two years and $35M next two ... if he continues his downward trend, he'll go away in 2016.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

A lot of money for someone with his record the past two years.

RichW
RichW

@James171 

Another way of saying he made 16 "quality" starts, is he also DIDN'T make about 16 quality starts. He was unable to go at least six innings while holding the opposition to 3 runs or less.


Actually, quality start is an overrated statistic. If a pitcher goes six innings and gives up three runs, he made a quality start, but his ERA is 4.50 and the bullpen is burdened if they must pitch three innings every game.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@KeysSteven 

If parents were smart they would teach their children to pitch. You can stink and get this much?

This is a terrible deal; this guy is the most inconsistent pitcher in baseball.