How Will Hunter Pence’s Deal Affect San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum?
The San Francisco Giants aren’t going to repeat as World Series champions in 2013.
Instead, the Giants are currently making waves with their pocketbook as San Francisco agreed to five-year deal with Hunter Pence worth a reported $90 million. While most Giants fans are ecstatic to hear about Pence’s new contract, one San Francisco resident can’t be too thrilled — Tim Lincecum.
Many remember Lincecum for his back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, yet the Giants have not gotten that kind of production from Lincecum in recent years. In fact, Lincecum lead MLB in losses last year with 15, and posted the worst ERA of his career (5.18). Unfortunately, 2013 was not much better for the Giants’ starter as he finished the year with a 4.37 ERA and a losing record.
The worst part for Lincecum is that he is a free agent after this season, and will likely be looking for a rather expensive contract. This is where Pence comes into play, because the Giants have so much money invested in their right fielder that Lincecum could have to get his paychecks from somewhere else. Also, San Francisco has committed a large amount of money to Matt Cain, who is definitely more important to this team than Lincecum.
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