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Lincecum takes risk, Cain to take discount

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08:23 AM ET 01.25 | Tim Lincecum earned his payday for the ages, something he'll have the opportunity to do again in just a few years. [Turning down a longer deal] just means he didn't want to sign for that many years at that dollar figure. ... [Lincecum] is taking all the risk by going short on years (if accepting $40.5 million is considered "risky"). Pitchers get arm trouble, and though Lincecum's health has not been an issue, he is mortal. He is bypassing the security of a longer deal in return for a potentially bigger payday down the road. If reports are true, Matt Cain is taking the opposite tack. He's willing to accept a below-market, long-term deal in exchange for that security and stability. I'm told no deal is imminent with Cain.

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January 25, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Um, $40 million is not "risky." Even if he never throws another pitch, he's set for life. When dealing with baseball, this is NOT Monopoly money. Tim Linceum will never sleep on a a steam grate.

January 25, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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More power to him. Finally - a player doing something that is out of the norm for a potential bigger pay day. And with arbitration behind him - if he stays healthy - he'll rake it in later.

It looks like he's raking it in now.

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January 25, 2012  10:23 AM ET

the story goes that he turned down 5yr/$100 mil - he better hope he doesn't run into arm trouble

January 25, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Just another reason to ignore MLB.

January 25, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Looks like a win win situation for the Giants. Ride Lincecum's arm while he's young, and keep Cain for the long term. I didn't think Lincecum had such a great year last year.....that kinda money is huge. As in Fielder's signing, looks like more of the same as far as contract bonanza's are concerned! Some teams will never learn. The poor family fan, can't park at the stadium, or have a hotdog whilst they watch these guys play.

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January 25, 2012  11:26 AM ET

big pay uhh??

January 25, 2012  11:27 AM ET

lincecum got he's wish become truth reality!!!!

January 25, 2012  11:31 AM ET

the type of approach the one the lincecum use it, it was like the on from last year, except that last year contract was for 13.5, this year was for 21.5= two years=40 millions!!

January 25, 2012  11:40 AM ET
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Who wouldn't want out of SF? BEAUTIFUL city, but full of pantywaist libtards and your baseball team has the hitting prowess of the Bad News Bears...............go somewhere else Timmy, but retain your medicinal marijuana card for when you come back to visit Fisherman's Wharf and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory...........

Are you STILL bitter over 2010? hahaha

Unfortunately, all the haters out there don't understand that SF is the PERFECT spot for Lincecum.

January 25, 2012  11:43 AM ET

and the winners was,,,, lincecum=40 millions!!

January 25, 2012  11:44 AM ET

It's tough to compare Cain & Lincecum in regards to contract negotiations.....

Cain is a family man who is more than likely thinking of long term financial stability for his family, which adds up to a longer deal in order to reach that end.

Lincecum is not in that mode, so the "risk" of signing a shorter deal for the possibiilty of an even bigger payday in (2) years is less "risky" since he's not dealing with a wife & kids.

January 25, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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the story goes that he turned down 5yr/$100 mil - he better hope he doesn't run into arm trouble

If that is true he is crazy - one tweek of his eblow and he is out $60MM

January 25, 2012  11:59 AM ET

lincecum is taking a risk. he should take that long contract. he'll be 2 yrs. older and his arm will be more worn-out and no one will give him more than 20mil a year if he's healthy

January 25, 2012  12:42 PM ET
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lincecum is taking a risk. he should take that long contract. he'll be 2 yrs. older and his arm will be more worn-out and no one will give him more than 20mil a year if he's healthy

Everyone will back up the money truck to his house and start shoveling.

January 25, 2012  03:42 PM ET
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he wants to play in toronto...in canada, he can get easy access to weed

Yeah, weed is hard to get in California.

 
January 25, 2012  05:06 PM ET

So Cain is going to do a discount doublecheck...

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