SF Giants Rumors: Lincecum Contract Talks, Bonser Comes Full Circle

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas, and now it’s time to get back to the San Francisco Giants news/rumors etc.
The Giants and ace Tim Lincecum are in contract negotiations. Which makes since, so they don’t have to go through the arbitration process.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says a gap still exists in the Giants and Lincecum talks. The Giants offered Lincecum 4-years ($80 million) in the past few weeks. Lincecum is believed to be seeking an 8-year deal. Heyman says, people familiar with the contract negotiations says both sides are weighing one and two-year options now.

Lincecum is arbitration eligible for the next two years, and hits free agency in 2014. The Giants are looking to lock him up, and take away some of his free agent years.

Side Notes

Reynolds Sports Management says (via twitter) their client Boof Bonser has signed a minor league deal with the Giants. Bonser was drafted by the Giants in the 1st round (21st overall) in the 2000 draft. In 2003 Bonser was part of a package deal that went to the Twins for catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

What’s your thoughts on locking Lincecum up, and Bonser coming back to where it all began?

~King of Cali (Steven)

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  • Anthony says:

    Love Timmy but 8 yrs for 160 million? Sounds almost like a zito mistake.

    Try 5 or 6 yrs at 120 million.

    If he insists on 8 yrs give him the first 5 @ 20 million then next 3 a base salary of 12 to 15 with incentives to reach 20 plus.

    Whatever just lock up Timmy and keep him a Giant

    Re: Bonser never seen him play and have no opinion of him

  • realisticgiantsfan says:

    I couldn’t care less about Bonser, but I said that last year when they picked up Vogelsong, so you never know. Give Lincecum what he wants. The above comparison to Zito is not a good one. Zito was very good in Oakland. Hey, he won a Cy Young. However, he is and never was at Timmy’s level. Zito was a one time 20 game winner who shut down the Twins in the 2006 divisional playoffs. Timmy won two Cy Youngs in his first 2 full seasons. He, if healthy, is headed to the Hall of Fame.

  • @Hitsonehigh says:

    Man, we can’t Zito ourselves again. Timmy is as big of a homer as Cain and Pablo, but 8 years?

    No way

  • Brandon Barbour says:

    In my opinion, the Giants need to lock up Lincecum right now. 7 years with a vesting option for an 8th should get it done, and about 150 mil guaranteed. We just saw the huge mistake St Louis made with their superstar, so let’s not do the same. If we give Tim a 2 year deal, his agent will still seek 7 or 8 years for him once he hits free agency two years from now. Signing him long term now will save us from possibly losing him, and also save us in the long run financially. Signing him for 7 years would be much better at his current age of 27 as opposed to age 29. Long term right now is what’s best for the Giants if they don’t want to shoot themselves in the foot!