Tim Lincecum pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Giants AA players on Sunday, and it’s time to play spring training good news/bad news.
Good news: Lincecum threw 95 innings, so he’s getting pretty close to being ready to start the season from an endurance standpoint. He also did not allow a run, gave up three hits and struck out six.
Bad news: He walked five.
Lincecum threw almost exclusively fastball and changeups, noting that he had been working on his off-speed pitches (curveballs, sliders) in previous spring outings. Now, he’s focusing on his fastball location.
“I need to get my fastball back,” Lincecum told MLB.com. “I’m not getting my arm ready for throwing a lot of fastballs. That’s where all my pitches work off of, fastball location.”
Lincecum spent most of his outing working on his mechanics. And he seemed pleased, but still noted there was room for improvement.
Lincecum should make his next appearance with the Giants on Friday against the Angels. His final spring outing should come on March 31 against the Dodgers.
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The Giants and star pitcher Tim Lincecum finalized a two-year, $23 million contract on Tuesday, completing a deal that was agreed upon last Friday prior to Lincecum’s arbitration hearing.
Lincecum will received a $2 million signing bonus, half due now, half due March of next year. So essentially, he’ll get $9 million in 2010 and $14 million in 2011.
The deal is good for both sides. It gives Lincecum some security, which is what you want in your first multi-million contract. It gives the Giants some time to access where they want to go in the future, some time to establish that Lincecum can be a durable performer.
Splash Hits expects that if Lincecum has another Cy Young-caliber season — whether he wins it or not — the Giants would be wise to lock up Lincecum through the rest of arbitration seasons and some of his free agency years.
Several reports have said that the Giants have offered a three-year, $37 million deal to pitcher Tim Lincecum as the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s arbitration hearing approaches on Friday.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lincecum’s camp has countered with a deal for more than $40.
Neither side has confirmed those numbers, and the Giants are only saying that talks are “ongoing.”
It is encouraging that the two sides are talking and there’s a good chance this will get resolved. The question is how much more than $40 is the Lincecum camp talking about. But one would have to think the the two sides are now about as far apart on a three-year deal as they were with the one-year deal that will be decided Friday in arbitration.
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