The Giants have engaged in preliminary contract discussions with RHP Tim Lincecum, who is eligible to be a free agent after this season, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Last month, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Giants are expected to make a qualifying offer to Lincecum this winter.
Lincecum, 29, is 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 197 2/3 innings over 32 starts in 2013.
He allowed 184 hits, 76 walks and 21 home runs with 193 strikeouts this year.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Lincecum has struggled over the last few years with his mechanics, which is not a surprise given how unusual they are. He improved over the course of 2013, during which his fastball velocity returned to the mid-90s, which was not the case in recent seasons. He’s still pretty young, but there’s a lot of mileage on his body already and it’s not clear if he is going to profile as a starter or a reliever going forward. But, the Mets need to sign a couple of starting pitchers this winter and I wonder if Lincecum would entertain a shorter-term deal in an effort to re-establish his value on the free agent market. If that’s the case and Lincecum is interested in New York, the Mets could have a match on paper.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Oct. 14: In the event the Giants do not push hard to bring him back, I would think Lincecum would have to be of interest in the Mets. The only hurdle would be his love-affair with the west coast. Assuming that’s not an issue, it seems like his personality and stardom would want a place like New York City, the National League, low expectations, a fairly-easy rotation to crack and a pitcher’s park, where he could rebuild his value and hit the market again around 32 years old.