The San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum has won the National League Cy Young award each of the last two seasons, which is simply remarkable considering he's only been in the majors for three years. Look at his numbers over those two award-winning seasons:
2008... 227 IP, 18-5, 2.62 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 265 K, 84 BB, 169 ERA+, .609 OPS allowed.
2009... 225.1 IP, 15-7, 2.42 ERA, 1.047 WHIP, 261 K, 68 BB, 176 ERA+, .557 OPS allowed.
Pretty impressive eh? Yet in his first arbitration-eligible year, he was reportedly offered just $8 million by the Giants:
just heard filing numbers on lincecum: $13 mil for tim, $8 mil for giants. looks like theyll battle with ryan howard as comp
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So the Giants offered $8 million and Lincecum filed for $13 million. The $10 million received by Ryan Howard in 2008 is the most money ever given to a player in their first arbitration-eligible year. Most expected Lincecum to shatter that record, and rightfully so in my opinion.
Lincecum's the most dominating pitcher in baseball and just 25 years old. He even improved across the board(aside from record which is highly overrated, especially with the Giants' terrible offense supporting him) from his first Cy Young-winning season.
In all likelihood the Giants and Lincecum will settle at a total around $11 million, but I'd think he'd be able to get the $13 million he wants if this went to arbitration. Whatever the case, it's much less than he's actually worth.
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