Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter elicited a flurry of trade rumors about the two-time Cy Young winner, but there’s a good chance that Lincecum will stay in San Francisco for the duration of the season.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, general manager Brian Sabean doesn’t expect the Giants to trade Lincecum. Lincecum will be a free agent at season’s end, and he could bolt for greener pastures. The Giants have a lot of other players to lock up, and they may let Lincecum walk to save salary.
However, Lincecum appears to want to stay in San Francisco. He acknowledged his great career in San Francisco and the great times that could be ahead, and it seemed like he wants to play with the Giants for at least the remainder of the 2013 season.
On the other hand, like it would make sense to trade Lincecum, dump his salary and add prospects. However, the Giants are playing in the anemic NL West, and any team can take the division. San Francisco is just 6.5 games back, and it’s not out of the race yet.
The Giants could trade Lincecum for the future, but there is a good chance that they hold onto him. Lincecum could end up using his no-hitter to propel him to dominance, which would help lift the Giants back into contention.
And if he can do that, he’ll stay in San Francisco.