Take this with a grain of salt. After all, it’s coming from CBSSports.com, the site that reported Joe Paterno’s death...while he was still alive.
The Giants appear to be tens of millions apart on a long deal with Lincecum after he rebuffed their offer for five years and nine figures and he countered much higher than that. It is thought Lincecum seeks a deal for seven or eight years but would be content to do a one- or two-year contract if no megadeal can be accomplished now.
Heyman went on to write:
...Lincecum, who has so far gone year to year, seems more likely to wind up with a two-year deal now rather than sign a contract into his free-agent years.
Timmy will be eligible for free agency in 2014.
When the two sides submitted their arbitration figures last week, Lincecum requested $21.5 million for 2012; the Giants countered with $17 million (the highest arbitration offer in history).
A five-year, $100 million deal would pay the two-time Cy Young award winner $20 million a year (on average), or $3 million a year more than the Giants’ offer last week, and only $1.5 million short of Lincecum’s request.
If the CBS Sports report is accurate, it would appear to me that the Freak is holding out for every last penny he can get.