Tim Lincecum is one of the biggest issues and perplexing problems for the Giants right now. What Timmy will we get from start-to-start, or even inning-to-inning? Can he be resigned? Is he worth the money to resign him?
What Lincecum will show up is a mystery the Giants’ can not solve. Long time catcher, Bengie Molina, suggested he may be messing with too many pitches and not focusing on his fastball, slider, change combo that made him lethal. Lovable lefty Kirk Reuter suggested all the velocity talk has Tim over throwing, therefore, losing movement and location. It could be that the nine teams that passed on him allowing the Giant to take him at 10 saw flaws that materialized now (2 Cy Youngs later).
Tim Lincecum, if playing well, will require a CC Sabathia like contract to be signed. Are the Giants going to open the check book? If they do open the check book and keep the current budget the Giants will once again be strapped with a huge chunk of the money in a player that plays every five days. It is difficult to justify this when the Giants need offense. Sabean has proven he can find and develop arms, but with him we must pay a bat from the open market.
Zito. The one word makes Giants’ fans cringe. Tim Lincecum could be the next Zito. With diminishing velocity and ability to be an ace the Giants could pay what is required to retain his services only to be left with the highest paid fifth starter again. Zito will soon be off the books, I do not want to see another Zito type contract. A pitching contract over five years is dangerous. Arms change. It is better to give more money and less years.
Tim Lincecum is a 2010 San Francisco hero. The Giants can not let the lore of Lincecum sucker them into over paying the way they did with Aubrey Huff. Lincecum could still could have value for the Giants, as a trade chip.
My proposed trade is Tim Lincecum for Elvis Andrus. Andrus has two years under contract left for a little over 11 million and Lincecum has one for 22 million. Texas could want to deal Andrus in order to make room for potential once in a lifetime talent, Jurickson Profar. The Giants would be getting a legitimate lead off hitter and solid up the middle talent.