POWERED BY

MLB

Tim Lincecum Wants $21.5 Million in Salary Arbitration

Tim Lincecum has made a lofty monetary demand of $21.5 million in salary arbitration, falling a half a million short of sharing the all-time record with America’s favorite portly pitcher, Roger Clemens.

Is he asking for too much? That’s debatable. Over four full seasons, the demurely dressed, 27-year-old fellow has been wonderfully consistent, impressively averaging 220 innings to go along with an average clip of 224 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.175. Timmy’s just getting warmed up, but with less flare than Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. So while $21.5 million might sound like a reach, take a look at the following “marquee” names and what they made last season:

Carlos Zambrano – $18.8 million
Barry Zito – $18.5 million
A.J. Burnett – $16.5 million
John Lackey – $15.9 million

This is a hilarious who’s who of profound disappointment, highlighted by Burnett and Zambrano, the Batman and Robin of baffling headcases. After seeing such absurd salary numbers residing so closely to these stomach-punch starters, it’s a bit easier to digest where Lincecum and his agent are coming from.

The Giants have since countered his request with $17 million, though if it’s true the team offered four years and $80 million over the summer, it remains a deep mystery as to why they haven’t pushed it to five years and $100 million, and put this lingering talk to bed.

Because you want to see it first!

Like and follow The Big Lead today!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Because you want to see it first.

Like and follow The Big Lead today!