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.
But despite the fact that the Giants have started preliminary contract talks with Lincecum, he may turn to the open market. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, Lincecum intends to test the free agent market.
The Giants would evidently like to re-sign Lincecum. Baggarly reports that the Giants offered a two-year deal to Lincecum, but talks have not progressed.
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.
The Mariners reportedly had a scout present during the Giants’ final homestand to take a look at Lincecum, who is from Seattle.
Even though those good 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.