Tim Lincecum: Trade Bait or Key For the San Francisco Giants Starting Rotation?

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Tim Lincecum is obviously coming off the worst season of his career, and that’s no secret to anyone in the baseball world. The San Francisco Giants won a World Series last year while Lincecum had the worst year of his career so it’s clear that they can win without him. Lincecum has been one of the strangest cases of recent memory. Once being able to throw 100 consistently, Lincecum is now throwing 90-92 and his control virtually went haywire. Throw in his insanely goofy mechanics and the fact he’s really small…everyone has been worried about Lincecum’s arm.

The Giants made a brutal trade and traded Zach Wheeler to the New York Mets for Carlos Beltran a few seasons ago. Lincecum could be the perfect way to bring that kind of talent back into the organization. If the Giants were able to make the case that he’s healthy, and ready to return back to form- he could certainly bring a couple impact prospects back.

On the flip side to that argument, will the Giants be able to get the return for a guy coming off a terrible season and ready to hit free agency in 2014? To be truthful, I have no idea what kind of market there is for Lincecum right now. The decline in velocity and his mechanics are certain to scare away a ton of organizations. That doesn’t mean he can’t get a $18-20 million a year contract but…I just don’t know if a team will go that route.

As a reader, you must have an opinion on Tim Lincecum, his trade value, his contract value and if the San Francisco Giants should trade him or keep him. Clearly- I can flip a coin and make an argument but I’d rather hear yours.

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