‘The Freak’ may be calling somewhere other than San Francisco home next season.
The Giants reportedly have talked with the two-time Cy Young Award winner, but he said he won’t sign until he finds out what kind of offers he receives on the open market. However, he cannot do anything until five days after the World Series ends.
San Francisco presented Lincecum with a two-year offer, but no progress has been made on the deal since then. The team plans on making him a qualifying offer of one year, $14 million should a new deal not be done by the time the World Series ends, ensuring some type of compensation should he walk.
He could look to return home to Seatlle, his hometown, as the Mariners look to add pieces in the offseason after finishing fourth in the American League West. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, the Mariners had a scout watching Lincecum during the team’s final homestand this season, which could be an indicator of things to come.
Lincecum won both the 2008 and 2009 National League Cy Young Awards, going 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 265 punchouts in ’08, followed by a 15-7 mark with a 2.48 ERA and 261 strikeouts the next season.
However, he tailed off after that, and has not posted a winning record since the 2010 season. Last season, he went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA for San Francisco, as the team stumbled to the finish following its second World Series title in three seasons.