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Tim Lincecum Contract Might Hurt the San Francisco Giants

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 25, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated Giants 5-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Bryan KempContributor IIJanuary 26, 2012

Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants completed a two year, $40.5 million contract on Tuesday.

Now first I want to say that I like the deal for the Giants but have some precautions about what this deal might mean. He's a dominant pitcher that can strike out just about any hitter out there and you can't beat that.

Lincecum is worth the money that the Giants gave him but now they're going to have about a little less than $40 million tied up between him and Barry Zito. All Giants fans know how much Zito has given the Giants after the massive contract he got from them.

What I'm worried about is, what are they going to do about Matt Cain?

Cain has been almost as dominant of a pitcher over the years as Lincecum. He doesn't have the strikeouts that Tim has but there's no question he has top of the rotation stuff. By just looking at his win-loss record you wouldn't believe me but Cain has been the victim of the Giants offensive struggles too many times. He's 2-0 in his playoff career with a 0.00 ERA, helping the Giants bring home a World Series to San Francisco. 

If the Giants plan on keeping Cain they're going to have to give him almost as much as they gave Lincecum. I can't see San Francisco having around $50 million-plus locked up between three pitchers. Their offense is in dire need of some hitters to get some runs on the board to help them get back to the post season. 

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