Going into the offseason, the San Francisco Giants’ two biggest free agents were Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum. With Pence locked up to a multi-year extension, the attention now shifts to Lincecum.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants are in “preliminary” contract talks with Lincecum,a two-time Cy Young Wward winner.
“I feel like most decisions people make at this point are personal decisions,” Lincecum told Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, when asked if Pence’s extension influences his decision. “I’ve still got time to think about this. It’s not a pressing thing for me, and I’ll make a decision when the time comes.”
Nobody knows what the market will bear for Lincecum, who had a 10-14 record with a 4.37 ERA this season, making it back-to-back down years for The Freak after dominating the league his first five seasons. Lincecum’s Cy Young Awards came in 2008 and 2009, and in 2010, he was the MVP of the World Series when he pitched eighth dominant innings in the clinching Game 5.
Even though those times seem like long ago for Lincecum, he will surely attract a lot of attention from other teams, given the lack of quality starting pitching on the free agent market.