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07:22 AM ET 09.30 | After locking up Hunter Pence over the weekend, the Giants shouldn't have much trouble trying to contact Tim Lincecum's representation. Pence and Lincecum are both represented by Rick Thurman of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, and after finalizing Pence's five-year, $90 million contract, Giants VP Bobby Evans reiterated that Lincecum would be the next priority. "We've begun those discussions and hopefully there's an opportunity to bring Timmy back and in short order," Evans said on Sunday. "That's our hope. We don't intend to wait if Timmy's willing to work with us right now. And that's the impression I'm getting -- that they're willing to work with us." Lincecum left a different impression a night earlier. The two-time Cy Young Award winner signaled that he would wait to explore free agency.

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September 30, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Timmy will get a decent contract somewhere, but I can't imagine that teams will be falling all over each other to pick him up. Timmy didn't have the worst starter's ERA in the NL like he did in '12, but he wasn't a LOT better.

September 30, 2013  08:46 AM ET

A change of scenery might do him some good. Seattle, mayhaps?

September 30, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Not one thread about a playoff team this morning? Are you kidding me?

September 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Timmy will get a decent contract somewhere, but I can't imagine that teams will be falling all over each other to pick him up. Timmy didn't have the worst starter's ERA in the NL like he did in '12, but he wasn't a LOT better.

He really screwed up when he didn't take the extension the Giants offered him a few years ago. He won't get what the Giants offered him from anyone. And the Giants probably feel like the dodged a bullet. That would have been another Barry Zito contract.

September 30, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Tim is listed on page "I" under iffy at this point. He's had some great games this season but more lackluster games. His mechanics may be a part of that whole equation. When overly complex goes wrong it's a good time to simplify and go to a more conventional approach.

September 30, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He really screwed up when he didn't take the extension the Giants offered him a few years ago. He won't get what the Giants offered him from anyone. And the Giants probably feel like the dodged a bullet. That would have been another Barry Zito contract.

True. He scares teams with his delivery.

September 30, 2013  10:51 AM ET

At a minimum he will get a one year qualifying offer - last year was ~13MM for one year. Draft pick compensation will hurt his value to other teams. Ultimately i see a three year ~40MM deal getting done with SF. Will be a hard swallow for both sides.

September 30, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

At a minimum he will get a one year qualifying offer - last year was ~13MM for one year. Draft pick compensation will hurt his value to other teams. Ultimately i see a three year ~40MM deal getting done with SF. Will be a hard swallow for both sides.

not that I pretend to really know what or why baseball executives think what they think, but his ERA for the last two years is the highest it's ever been for him as is his WHIP ... and the one item most want to ignore, his W/L for the last three years has been ... disappointing??? ... things to consider, but given the history of this sport ... he'll probably get 3 for 45 ...

September 30, 2013  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

not that I pretend to really know what or why baseball executives think what they think, but his ERA for the last two years is the highest it's ever been for him as is his WHIP ... and the one item most want to ignore, his W/L for the last three years has been ... disappointing??? ... things to consider, but given the history of this sport ... he'll probably get 3 for 45 ...

I can see that kind of a contract for him. Not out of line in the market place.

September 30, 2013  02:02 PM ET

Lincecum, should test the waters on the free agency and why not?

September 30, 2013  02:56 PM ET
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Lincecum, should test the waters on the free agency and why not?

He wants to play wherever he can get the best bud easily and at a good price.

September 30, 2013  04:04 PM ET
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He wants to play wherever he can get the best bud easily and at a good price.

I am thinking he is looking for one of the Pot Free States.

September 30, 2013  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I am thinking he is looking for one of the Pot Free States.

none exist

September 30, 2013  11:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

none exist

Medical facilities in a lot of states. Washington (Timmy's home state) and Colorado come to mind, but just plain medical uses are fine in California...It is either Seattle or San Francisco for Timmy...

 
October 3, 2013  01:35 AM ET

Speaking as a Giants fan, and one who is very, very appreciative of what Lincecum has done, I sure hope they do not sign him for $45M over 3 years. His WAR value over the past 2 years has been -2.3, which is below the average for a call-up minor league pitcher. Not worth $5M/yr, to say nothing of $15M/yr. I'd say a $10M for 1 year deal is tops.

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