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Lincecum converting to full-time relief?

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08:11 AM ET 10.11 | It's hard to imagine now, but Tim Lincecum had already tried his hand at relieving while playing in the Cape Cod League. Lincecum went back to starting at Washington on his way to a Golden Spikes Award and the 10th overall pick in the draft. The Giants had an eye toward making Lincecum a potentially dominant short reliever if he didn't prove durable enough as a starting pitcher. It's still an option that could be entertained down the line. More than one scout has mused of a day when Lincecum takes the career path of a Dennis Eckersley or John Smoltz. That's not likely to happen next season; Lincecum has one more year left on his contract before he'd be eligible for free agency, and starting pitchers command far more money on the open market.

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October 11, 2012  08:52 AM ET

It was kind of Halloween like seeing Lincecum and Wilson sitting together in the dugout yesterday.

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October 11, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Were they both giggling and eating Chips Ahoys?

It was actually kind of creepy.

October 11, 2012  09:14 AM ET

If your the Giants you got to give him a chance to start next season with that high price salary he will be getting, but if he fails then the bullpen will be next stop or a July trade opinion.

October 11, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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So Lincecum would refuse to come into the game as a reliever during the regular season if the manager ordered him to?

Timmy hasn't complained at all about his role this offseason. He's come in twice in this series and been very effective both times.

October 11, 2012  09:45 AM ET

wiseup: The Giants have decent 4 man rotation of Cain, Bumgarner, Voglesong,and Zito. During theregular season you need a fifth starter. Unless the Giants Aquire another starter Lincecum through necessity will go back to rotation.

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October 11, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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With all the smoke coming out of that dugout, I thought they were voting for a new Pope.

Ha, Ha, Ha, good one!

October 11, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Timmy hasn't complained at all about his role this offseason. He's come in twice in this series and been very effective both times.

Give him a ten year contract.

October 11, 2012  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Ha, Ha, Ha, good one!

Agree, hilarious!

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October 11, 2012  11:34 AM ET

tim lincecum its no longer a reliable pitcher, hard to tell when he is really pitching the right game,,,

October 11, 2012  11:36 AM ET
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tim lincecum its no longer a reliable pitcher, hard to tell when he is really pitching the right game,,,

Yeah when he pitched well recently it was hard to tell how he was doing.

October 11, 2012  11:36 AM ET
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Timmy hasn't complained at all about his role this offseason. He's come in twice in this series and been very effective both times.

lincecum is just like a thunder light, can he be trusted?? i wouldn't give him the ball he may throw the game away in a blink,,,

October 11, 2012  11:47 AM ET
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You're right, Timmy has been fantastic...the article suggests that he can't be used in relief next season because he'll command more money as a starter FA. The Giants probably don't care about boosting Timmy's FA value, so I can only intepret this as saying that Lincecum would refuse to be a reliever.I'd argue that he'd command a lot more FA money as a good reliever than a terrible starter.

I wondered where you got that conclusion. It is reasonable, except that this story was written by a reporter without reference to anything said by either the club or Lincecum. I think it more likely that the reporter had a deadline, and so threw together some unrelated crap, and turned it in. Linccum's contract status hasn't got anything to do with the team's decisions about how to use him, the team needs him as a starter during the regular season. Nothing Lincecum has said or done suggests that insubordination is a likely route for himto take.

October 11, 2012  12:06 PM ET
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With all the smoke coming out of that dugout, I thought they were voting for a new Pope.

And yet the Giants won and have the momentum going into today's game.

October 11, 2012  12:17 PM ET

just one little thingy,,, the giants still playing in cincy where is always tough to win games!!!

 
October 11, 2012  12:33 PM ET

the giants need to pull a miracle in cincy if they really want to move to the next round,,,,

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