Many fans are unsure if the San Francisco Giants made the right decision to essentially overpay for starting pitcher Tim Lincecum. However, there are several reasons why the organization definitely had the right idea when they agreed to the two-year, $35 million deal.
For starters, Lincecum is convinced that he will be able to turn around his woes from the past two seasons and ensure better days are ahead.
“I feel like I’m still trying to get a grasp on this new, I guess, me,” he said, according to sfgate.com. “I’m learning the hitters a little better and trying to be a little more efficient, studying them and exploiting them as much as I can. It’s still a learning process. It’s exciting just to look at it that way. This isn’t just an end-all. This isn’t as good as it’s going to get. It’s going to get a lot better.”
Obviously, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner having confidence in himself will only raise morale throughout the ball club. Not to mention, it gives the Giants confidence that they could have one of the better starting rotations in the NL in 2014.
Lincecum’s short-term deal is a lot better than what San Francisco would have found on the open market. For one, the available starting pitchers in free agency are not going to blow any team away. Not to mention, a majority of them are at the end of their career. That is not to say the individuals are incapable of performing at a high level for the Giants. What it does mean is that Lincecum is by far the safer bet.
The 29-year-old posted a 10-14 record with a 4.37 earned run average and 193 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings.