September 9, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at AT

Tim Lincecum thought about playing for Seattle Mariners

After the San Francisco Giants handed out a lucrative deal to outfielder Hunter Pence, they turned their attention to starter, Tim Lincecum.

The Freak didn’t seem so eager to talk though, at least not immediately as Lincecum was said to be exploring the idea of free agency.

San Francisco and Lincecum had until five days after the World Series to get a deal done, but the two wouldn’t need it as the Giants re-signed Lincecum to a two-year, $35 million dollar deal which became official this afternoon.

The deal seemingly came out of no place (at least publicly) but Lincecum said once the Giants came at him with that offer, there was no need to go further – he knew they were playing to win.

It might be a good thing they did too because Lincecum said that he thought about playing for his hometown Seattle Mariners and still may opt to do so later in his career, but suggested he didn’t want to end his Giants career struggling:

Lincecum said he thought about playing for Mariners and believes that is an opportunity he’d like to explore, but later in his career. Lincecum said having a mid-4 ERA the last two years was “not the way you want to go out.” Has unfinished business as a Giant.

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