Jul 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) in the dugout prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Tim Lincecum No-Hitter Means No Trade?

There was a time when San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was a big name on the MLB trade market, but that ended rather quickly after he tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Lincecum was a name being thrown around by many, but that can now be put to rest says  FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi:

Besides, what happened Saturday night — however unexpected — is certain to galvanize Lincecum’s many supporters in San Francisco. He’s the foremost hipster hero in baseball, a perfect fit for the Bay Area. To trade him now would be very unpopular, and the Giants are reluctant to do anything that might jeopardize the sustainability of sold-out gatherings at AT&T Park.

It was hard to tell if the Giants were going to become sellers at the deadline in the first place. Now it’s all but assured Lincecum will not be playing elsewhere this year because the Giants want to keep as many butts in the seats as possible.

Of course, the no-hitter means more interest from other teams. It will be interesting to see what happens if/when another team makes the Giants an offer they cannot refuse.


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