Earlier this week, rumors circulated around the league that two-time Cy Young award winner, Tim Lincecum, would be available through trade this upcoming offseason. Obviously his value has decreased mightily after posting the worst ERA (5.18) amongst qualified National League starting pitchers during the regular season, but he would presumably still draw considerable interest given his portfolio.
However, general manager Brian Sabean dampened all trade talks about his former ace, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
“Timmy is going to be a Giant,”
From Heyman’s article:
“No way he’ll be traded. Do you see how the fans respond to him?” one person connected to the Giants’ said.
That person is most likely referring to the fans cheering Lincecum when makes his way to the bullpen. If that seems out of the ordinary to you, you’re not crazy. Most fans don’t stand up and cheer when someone goes to the bullpen, which is precisely the point that the undefined source is trying to make.
As for his contract, Lincecum is slated to earn $22 million next year, and will look to revert to Cy Young form, as he’s set to embark on free agency next offseason. Lincecum turned down a multi-year contract this past offseason for a shorter, but riskier contract. Thus far, that decision hasn’t paid off for him.