Personally, I want Lincecum back. I don’t want him with a huge, long-term contract, but I do want him back. Currently, Lincecum is currently in his last year of a 2 year, $40.5 million contract. With the unknown on his contract, he pitched his potential last game on Thursday night against the Dodgers.
This season he has a 4.37 ERA. It’s better than the 5.18 ERA from 2012, however, in the past season, and last year’s postseason he’s show the Giants two important things.
- He is able to pitch extremely well in relief (as in last year’s postseason)
- He’s been able to adjust his pitching style to not rely strictly on blowing a fastball past a batter
Lincecum has grown a lot in the past season, in my opinion. He’s realized he’s not the pitcher he used to be, and his grinded his way to becoming a smarter pitcher and not relying solely on his youth and the fastball that won him two Cy Young Awards.
Talks are happening. I’m not sure if a deal is expected soon, but we’ll update you as soon as it happens.