Tim Lincecum Trade Rumors: 5 MLB Teams That'll Fight over the Giants' Former Ace

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Tim Lincecum Trade Rumors: 5 MLB Teams That'll Fight over the Giants' Former Ace
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Tim Lincecum's 2012 certainly has not gone according to plan even though the San Francisco Giants have reached the World Series. Now there's a possibility that he will spend 2013 with a new team. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe has noted that Lincecum will be available in a trade this winter.

In a conversation with John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle, Giants GM Brian Sabean seemingly refuted the idea and made it likely that there will be a spot for Lincecum on the Giants next season.

Even though Lincecum has struggled this year (a 5.18 ERA in the regular season), he is still a two-time Cy Young award winner. He also was able to start turning things around in the second half, posting a 3.83 ERA after the All-Star Break.

The Giants' former ace has one year and $22 million left on his contract, which means that only a big-market team could likely afford to deal for him. Despite his struggles and contract, Lincecum would command a high price because he is the type of pitcher that has the ability to take over a game.

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