Tim Lincecum's Arbitration

Kyle McAreavyContributor IFebruary 3, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 28:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies during a Major League Baseball game at AT&T Park on August 28, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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So Tim Lincecum has his arbitration hearing coming up soon. He says he thinks that the Giants are trying to pay him much less than he deserves. EVERY TEAM TRYS THAT. Yes he did win the Cy Young in his first two years (though Chris Carpenter did deserve it more last year) and he is an amazing pitcher but he is just now getting off of his draft contract. He has only been in the league three years. He is pitching for a team that is not all that good yet (though they are making an attempt to get better) and that does not have an offense at all, they probably won’t win the division the next couple years even though they will get close. A team in such a position probably doesn’t want to spend as much money as Tim wants ($13 million) on one player (even though they are offering him $8 million). Either outcome would end with Tim getting the largest arbitration amount ever. No team that’s not going to win their division wants to keep one player on for 13 million dollars and that is why they are trying to settle this before it gets to the court since normally the court sides with the player. Tim is definitely one of the best pitchers in the majors but he is young. Maybe the Giants pay him that 13 million and he gets hurt because of his motion and their stuck in a year long deal with someone who will probably be making the most money of anyone on the team. So Tim of course they are going to try to pay you a lot less than you think you deserve (because everyone thinks they deserve more money than they get) so just get over it and try to make a compromise.