Tim Lincecum signs two year deal with the Giants for $35 million

Tim Lincecum won't get a huge megadeal, but he's not going broke, either

10/23/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Sep 26, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY SportsAfter the 2011 season, if you tried to predict what Tim Lincecum's next contract would look like, you'd probably be discussing record numbers over a long period of time. Lincecum was coming off 4 top-10 Cy Young finishes in a row, including 2 Cy Young awards, as well as 4 straight All-Star appearances. At 27 years old, he was already looking like a borderline Hall of Fame lock and one of the best pitchers in baseball for the next decade or so.

Fast forward to two years later, and things are a lot different. He has had a couple below average seasons in 2012 and 2013, with an ERA+ of 68 and 76, respectively. That's a stark contrast to his ERA+ of 137 over his first 5 seasons.

The result is a contract extension far smaller than most people would have imagined, and it still seems like the Giants might be overpaying for him.

Lincecum just signed a 2-year deal with the Giants for $35 million. That's actually less than his contract from the past two years, in which he made $40.5 million.

Some reactions on Twitter when the news of the deal broke were hilarious. Some compared him to a guy like Phil Hughes, who would never even be offered a contract even remotely close to that.

Lincecum had a negative WAR (wins against replacement) in both 2012 and 2013, meaning he pitched worse than a replacement-level player. With his new deal, he's going to be paid much like a top-tier starting pitcher, despite the fact that he clearly hasn't been one lately.

If he returns to his 2007-10 form, this could be a huge bargain for the Giants. But will he?
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

10/28/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

jaysinw wrote:
Your logic is a joke,hahaha better pitchers the Giants not even close.  Tim taking a pay cut Sanchez career pretty much over yeah only in your mind could your statement be true.So this will end here for you are not worth the time to talk about it. You were wrong in 2010 and still wrong today.  

The logic is a joke only to those who refuse to understand.  I'm not comparing them as they are today.  I'm comparing them as they were win 2010.

Besides...  It was 3 years ago...  Let it go.

10/24/13   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

ML31 wrote:
Nope.  Even right now the Giants starters are better than the Phils.  If you want to focus on 2010 the Giants starters were better than the Phils then too.

Your logic is a joke,hahaha better pitchers the Giants not even close.  Tim taking a pay cut Sanchez career pretty much over yeah only in your mind could your statement be true.So this will end here for you are not worth the time to talk about it. You were wrong in 2010 and still wrong today.  

10/24/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

jaysinw wrote:
I said it back in 2010 when I had someone here tell me they would take Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez over Roy Holiday, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Told me that watch in 3 years who has better years and here we are the. The Philles won out, even with Roy holiday's injury Sanchez has done nothing, and Cliff and Cole has pitched better then Tim and Matt. The only bright spot for the giants is Madison who I hopes stays healthy and have a long career. 

Nope.  Even right now the Giants starters are better than the Phils.  If you want to focus on 2010 the Giants starters were better than the Phils then too.

10/23/13   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

I said it back in 2010 when I had someone here tell me they would take Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez over Roy Holiday, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Told me that watch in 3 years who has better years and here we are the. The Philles won out, even with Roy holiday's injury Sanchez has done nothing, and Cliff and Cole has pitched better then Tim and Matt. The only bright spot for the giants is Madison who I hopes stays healthy and have a long career. 

10/23/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

I like Timmy.  But the only good thing about this deal is that it is only 2 years.  Is he being overpaid?  Absolutely.  But, the fact is their once vaunted pitching staff is now depleted.  Without Tim they only have 2 bonafide starters.  They needed him and the pickings for starting pitching out there are pretty slim.  Combine that with Tim being a fan favorite and STILL helps put butts in the seats (although Giants brass claim that never was considered in that contract) is why he was overpaid.  I think they will pay the extension for Vogelsong too.

10/23/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

(Edited by kantwistaye)

That Brian Sabean has built multiple World Series winners is just mind blowing.  This and the Pence contract this offseason are the kind of desperation signings pretenders make.