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Tim Lincecum, Trade Bait? No.

By Melissa Felkins

So, I suppose you’ve seen this article from this guy. If you haven’t, don’t bother with the link click. I’ll sum it up for you. Jon Morosi thinks the Giants should trade Tim Lincecum…and thinks it would be a good idea.

I kept seeing this in my twitter feed and just ignored it because the thought was ludacris. However, this morning, after it continued to gain steam and speculation, I decided to give it a read. He makes a few arguments. First he says the Giants need a big bat. Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Carolos Beltran, someone like that. I agree with that. Second he says that relying on Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez for our offense won’t win a World Series. He must have missed 2010, or was living in that country that got the first batch of Texas Rangers World Series Champions t-shirts. Are they ideally enough? No, but to completely discredit their influence and impact on the team is naive. Third he says some stuff about Tim Lincecum not wanting a long-term contract and that clearly that means he’ll be looking to go elsewhere. I remember when Lincecum made those remarks. To me, he was essentially saying, I don’t want to be a Barry Zito. Don’t give me the 100 year contract and expect me to continue winning Cy Young Awards because that is a lot of pressure. Tim Lincecum has seen first hand what happens when you get a massive contract and don’t live up to anywhere near the expectations. I think he’s being smart and pretty classy with those comments. And Cliff Lee? Um, he wanted to go back to Philly. Besides, he got his ass beat down in the World Series.

He goes on to say at some point, we’re not going to be able to afford all of our all-star caliber pitchers, especially if we want a big bat. He could be right, but I think regardless of what happens to everyone else, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum always will have a job and a good salary in San Francisco, as long as they want it.

Lincecum isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Will he always be a Giant? I hope, but maybe not. But he is not now, nor ever going to be trade bait in San Francisco. Besides, this Jon Morosi guy works for Fox Sports. That should be enough to discredit anything that comes out of his mouth (or typing fingers).