Why The San Francisco Giants Should Resign Tim Lincecum

 

Credit: Steven Robles - SF Giants Rumors

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors

As the long and depressing 2013 season comes to an end there are a few things certain, the San Francisco Giants season is over, injuries were a big part of this seasons downfall, for the first time the team mentally checked out midway through the year and the fans are ready for the torture to end.

 

This team will be essentially the same next year as they are this year, but the outcome likely won’t be the same. This team is much better than 2013 proves; keep in mind THIS team won the 2012 World Series

 

The big question in the offseason is our free agents, Barry Zito will be gone, Hunter Pence wants to resign and then there is Tim Lincecum

 

At this time, Timmy isn’t the Timmy we all love from prior years, but that Timmy is still there. He has shown flashes of his old self. When his command of the fast ball is there the slow stuff follows suit, when his confidence is there he can be that “Freak” we expect.  Lincecum had 29 swing and misses in his no hitter earlier this year proving his stuff is still there. 

 

The question is looming, is Lincecum worth the $22 million he is currently under contract for? Is he worth another 2 year $40 million dollar deal?  The answer is quite simple, YES. 

 

Lincecum is the face of this franchise in the eyes of the fans. Obviously Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner are the ones who will carry this pitching staff for years to come, but Lincecum has earned his chance to be a part of this rotation. 

 

Two time Cy Young winner, two Time World Series Champion, and the one pitcher who for years was nearly a lock for a win every time he took the mound.  Number 55 should be here to stay, if not to be the ace of the staff but to be a solid 3rd starter who will continue to win over fans and by my estimation will begin to win over opponents again as well. 

 

Lincecum isn’t done, he isn’t washed up and if he’s in another uniform and bounces back it’ll leave a sour taste in our mouth. Timmy loves San Francisco, San Francisco loves Timmy and he should be our “Freaky Franchise” until his arm falls off. 

 

Our 2014 rotation should be Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong and a 5th starter. This rotation could be one of the best in the league, it’s worth a shot, nothing can be much worse than this year.

 

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~Greg Boehl

 

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11 Comments

  • GG says:

    I think you could see Timmy getting a 3 for 30 deal from the Giants, but I’d find it hard to believe they’ll pay him $20 million a year to continue to be a very inconsistent pitcher.

    He’s my favorite player. But I don’t see the Giants going up that high to sign him.

  • GG says:

    Also, he’s no longer the main face of the franchise. That role is entirely Buster Posey’s.

  • Jason says:

    He’s not worth the 22 million. Keep in mind, his no-hitter was against the Padres, and his ERA this year is 4.53, pitching in the best pitchers park in baseball. Not very good. The idea “and if he’s in another uniform and bounces back it’ll leave a sour taste in our mouth” means that we have to keep everyone because we don’t want them excelling with another franchise. I’d be open to a 2 year, 20 million or 3 year, 30 million contract, but not a long-term deal.

  • admin says:

    I personally think Tim Lincecum isn’t worth $22 million a year. However, I do want to see him back with the Giants. I do think it will be in the ballpark of $10-$15 million and hopefully no more than $12/$13 million a year. It all comes down to what other teams are showing interest and what they’re willing to pay.

    ~Steven Robles

  • Jason says:

    I know alot of people like the guy…but last year he lost 15, and this year he could very well lose more than that. How do you justify resigning him? We clearly got the best years out of him, and if he goes elsewhere, I don’t think it will be a huge deal. Bring the Padres back to town and the Astros back to the NL, and he’ll do well. Anytime he pitches against a winning team, he gets lit up. He’s not the same pitcher and he’s gotten worst every year. I’m a fan, I like the guy as a person, but as a fan I’d be more pissed if we kept him and he continues to pitch the way he has the last two years!!

  • terry says:

    obviously not 20 mil but what free agent out there has the potential for a great year like timmie? he apparently wants to stay so let’s work out a deal and watch him rebound!

  • Bill Taylor says:

    What about Chad Gaudin? Hasn’t he earned his chance to be the 5th starter — more so than Timmy has this year?

  • Rick says:

    Sorry Greg but Timmy still being “the face of the franchise” and worth “20M”???

    You’re seeing something I’m not, and hope the Giants don’t waste those kind of $$$ this off-season. Personally, while I love Timmy, I’d rather have an extra #1 pick and get a college pitcher!

  • Anthony says:

    It’s been a bad year all around: Matty not having a good year; Zito being officially done; injuries that have handicapped us; Scutero looking his age at 2nd defensively;
    Lincecum; and Vogey being inconsistent.

    Look at Timmy’s stuff: it’s electric even if he can’t hit 95 any more. When he’s on he’s un-hittable!
    Keep this team intact but it could be that the league has finally caught up to Timmy and Matty.
    That said they will have to make adjustments; all major leaguers do.

    Look at the good: Belt coming into his own; Crawford putting it together.
    This team has the potential to be good for years to come.

  • Steverino says:

    “Timmy loves San Francisco, San Francisco loves Timmy”
    Does Timmy love SF? What makes you think so?

  • Paul Moore says:

    When I hear that we should offer someone 20 mill, It gets my craw since I know that management passes that onto us fans….can you say $8 for a beer. Would love to see some kind of payroll control, ticket prices reduced, food more reasonable so the average family can indeed afford a game. Sure they sell out but there are some many other fathers who would love to take their kids to a game but cannot see spending $100 for an evening. Love the game, hate the costs. I can afford it so my call if for those who would love to participate but truly cannot.