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Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:33 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

As CBSSports.com's Scott Miller has previously reported, the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants don't have the money to go after a big name free agent -- like Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins, to name two guys who have been connected to the Giants in rumors. Not only are there some albatross contracts on the books (cough, Barry Zito/Aaron Rowand, cough), but they have some young pitchers who need to be locked up. Starters Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are the absolute foundation of the ballclub, and general manager Brian Sabean hasn't made it a secret what his goal is with the two.

"The first model we have to build is how we keep this pitching staff intact. And how many dollars it's going to take against the budget," Sabean said (MLB.com).

Without signing the duo to extensions, the Giants risk losing either one in the near future -- or both, which would be a disaster. Cain would become a free agent at the end of the 2012 season. Lincecum would have his final year of arbitration for the 2013 season before hitting the market after it. Considering the one-two rotation punch is the backbone and identity of the team, it's easy to see why the priority is locking them up before even thinking about stretching the budget even thinner for a shortstop.

Cain, 27, is a two-time All-Star. He was 12-11 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 221 2/3 innings last season. He's thrown at least 217 innings in each of his past four seasons, so a huge part of his value is durability.

Lincecum, 27, is a four-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner. He went 13-14 with a 2.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 220 strikeouts in 217 innings last season. He is also incredibly durable, as he's thrown at least 212 innings in each of his four full seasons.

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polokingok
Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:28 am
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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:51 am
 

Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

Lock'em up and then go get a bat!  These 2 need to keep their ERA under 1.00 to get wins!  It would be scary to see what Cain & Lincecum would be offered on the open market.  SF needs to improve their offense and convince these guys that they're serious about winning.



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:44 am
 

Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

Wow, where do I start? First of all, you sound like a typical Phillies fan that's bitter because his team continues to choke in the playoffs and the Giants were champs more recently than his beloved Philly Phlops. Second of all, the Giants obviously don't need any of the Phlops over-priced, broken-down players filling their roster. I'll take a 27 year old Cain and Lincecum in a heartbeat over Rollins, Utley, Howard or any other guy on your roster, with the exception of maybe Halladay. Lastly, is midgets the best you can come up? That sounds about right, seeing as Philadelphia sports fans are the least educated (look it up) in the country. Why do you think they named the team the Phillies? They didn't want to think of something too complicated that may confuse their fans. I'll enjoy watching the Phlops struggling as their players continue to break down as they get older. Get used to looking up at the rest of the division. Not even Doc can save them.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:54 am
 

Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

While the news about signing Lincecum and Cain to LTC is great...do not be surprised if the Giants trade one of them afterwards. Alot of sportswriters have been writing that the giants did just fine without Lincecum this year and that the Giants should trade Lincecum for a big bat.

Yeah right!!! The Rangers, Yankees, and Phillies are known for their offense...little good it did them in the playoffs. Pitching rules in the playoffs.

 



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:21 am
 

Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

The Giants stopped considering Jimmy Rollins a couple of months ago, when he foolishly announced that he was looking for a 5 year deal to leave the fillies.  I suspect Philadelphia will end up resigning Rollins, and with the Ryan Howard deal kicking in for 2012, the phils will have the most overpaid infield in the history of the game.  Add in what they're paying Cliff Lee every 5th day as part of that infield and the dollar total becomes comic-book stuff.  The pressure to win is probably more than even a good team like Philadelphia can overcome, as they've obviously shown the last couple of seasons.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:11 am
 

Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

I don't know what's funnier about the above pic, the fact that Lincecum looks like he has alien eyes or that he took a pic with the WS trophy and John C. O' Reilly...



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:28 am
 

Giants looking to lock up Lincecum, Cain

the [no-longer World Champion] San Francisco Giants don't have the money to go after a big name free agent -- like Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins . . .but they have some young pitchers who need to be locked up. Starters Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain . . .
I assume the writer means that the Midgets can't afford to sign Rollins if they re-sign Timmy or the other guy.  I'm no salary expert, but I can't imagine that at this stage of their careers Rollins would be more expensive, or would command more years, than Lincecum or Cain, so theoretically if the Giants somehow knew they wouldn't be able to keep those two guys, they could presumably afford a Rollins with the leftover money--unless they have even less money than I think.  Unfortunately, by the time they know whether they can keep the two pitchers, I guess it will be too late to sign Rollins, let alone Reyes.  And why should either Lincecum or Cain give up the opportunity to become a free agent without the Midgets offering them a lot more than their expected market value?

So--and since the A's probably can't afford him either--I guess Jimmy won't be going home to the Bay.


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