Finding an ace is a very difficult task for baseball teams, and developing a two-time Cy Young Award winner is even harder. That is why the San Francisco Giants have been trying to sign Tim Lincecum to an extension.
The two sides are far apart, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and it does not look like a resolution could come soon.
If a deal does not get done, there will be a number of teams who will be calling Giants GM Brian Sabean about the cost to acquire Lincecum. It would take a lot, but there are teams who would sell their whole farm system for him.
This would also help counter the moves made by the Los Angeles Angeles and Texas Rangers this winter. Seattle certainly has the prospects needed to acquire Lincecum.
Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Nick Franklin and Alex Liddi could all head to San Francisco in exchange for Lincecum.
The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants linked up for a trade this past season, and they could make a deal this offseason. David Wright may not end the season as a New York Met, and if this is the case, the Mets need to make sure they get as much for him as they can.
David Wright could be the centerpiece of a Mets deal for Tim Lincecum, along with Jon Niese and a prospect such as Jordany Valdespin or Corey Vaughn.
If the Giants acquire Wright, they will instantly improve their offense, and they will need to shift Pablo Sandoval over to first base.
Toronto has an outstanding farm system and has all of the pieces necessary to bring in Tim Lincecum. There are a number of young pitching prospects such as Noah Syndergaard, Justin Nicolino, Daniel Norris, Deck McGwire and Aaron Sanchez that could interest the San Francisco Giants.
Anytime that a superstar potentially becomes available on the trade market, it is inevitable that the New York Yankees get involved. This would definitely occur if Tim Lincecum became available.
Two of the Killer B's, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, could go to San Francisco, along with Mason Williams and Tyler Austin in a deal for Lincecum.
Along with the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox always have their name connected to the hottest commodities on the trade market.
Xander Bogaerts is a few years away from the majors, but he could be the centerpiece of a trade for Tim Lincecum. Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Jacobs could help round out a potential deal.
Even if the Texas Rangers sign Yu Darvish, they could still look to make their starting rotation even better by bringing in one of the best players in baseball. Texas has one of the best farm systems in baseball, so they could certainly make a deal happen.
The San Francisco Giants would love to bring in Jurickson Profar in a deal for Tim Lincecum. Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt could be included to make the deal work.
Lincecum would not be cheap, and any trade talks would start with elite prospect Jacob Turner. In addition to this, the Tigers would have to include Casey Crosby and Eugineo Suarez in addition to one or two other prospects if they want talks to get serious.