The San Francisco Giants have signed right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum to a 2 year deal worth $35 million with no signing bonus.
Lincecum, 29, came up through the Giants farm system and has spent all seven of his seasons in the orange and black.
He won the NL Cy Young Award his first full season in 2008, and then won it again in 2009. He was the ace of the 2010 staff which brought home the teams first world championship since moving to San Francisco in 1958. He was an above average starter in 2011, before dropping off substantially in 2012. He improved in 2013, but was still nowhere near the type of dominant ace that he once was.
Additionally, his dominance in the bullpen during the 2012 playoffs showed the Giants that he could make a transition if needed upon.
Lincecum’s statistics over the past two seasons don’t scream a $35 million commitment, but there is something different about “The Freak” – his crazy persona, ability to drop expletives (good and bad), scraggly hair, funky motion, and rock-star personality is embraced by San Francisco.