The Tim Lincecum fiasco is over. Tim Lincecum has just signed a two year deal worth $23 million.
Finally those fans putting Tim's arbitration case under the microscope and in my opinion overreacting to this whole process can be silenced.
At least for the next two seasons.
I am very happy for the Giants organization and Tim for working out a deal which I knew would happen eventually whether it was this season or in the following seasons.
This proves that the fans do not know the arbitration process as much as they want to believe. Many fans on this site and in various forums were somehow led to believe that this arbitration year is a make or break it for the Giants and Lincecum. Other fans wanted to pay now and be done with it.
But this always puzzled me because Tim has until 2014 to become a free agent.
Giants knew that going from year to year until free agency and was a great thing because they had four years to work a deal.
Now that a deal has been finished for two years, they can now formulate something for the future that might lock him up long term.
The notion of fans screaming mindlessly "Pay Now! Two Cy Youngs!" is a valid argument, but people have to realize you need to be sensible in giving out contracts.
As much as I am a Lincecum fan, just handing out a Justin Verlander or Felix Hernandez deal might not be in the best interest just yet.
I mean sure I would love to sign him for a long term, but the Giants have already been burned with a big Z on the front of a contract.
We hold Tim Lincecum to a higher standard now because of the awards and somehow fans just want to believe he will perform all the time at a Cy Young caliber. That is why fans are up in arms and want to play GM for a day and sign him for 10 years 300 million dollars. Total exaggeration on my part.
While I do believe he is going to perform at a high level, we have to be realistic here. Tim Lincecum isn't invincible; he can easily breakdown or become injured.
Which would really hurt the Giants if they did sign him to a five year or six year $16 million contract this season. Where would the money be for next year's great free agent class then?
Oh yeah tied up between Zito, Rowand, and Lincecum. Ouch!
Fan want to think they know more than an a professional organization that's been around for a century. Giving out contracts is not like giving out candy to your friends, its a long thought out process to make sure that the team and the player get maximum value from each other.
These are millions and millions of dollars we are talking about here that get thrown at players. The owners are not monopoly characters willing to just throw money out, because they want a return on their investment.
So to Giants fans wanting a long term contract for Lincecum, don't worry. It is going to happen. Just take a step back, breathe and let's focus our attention on the upcoming 2010 season.