As players began to report to Arizona for spring training, Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Tuesday that non-roster invitee Todd Wellemeyer will be allowed with 20-year-old Madison Bumgarner and others for the team’s No. 5 rotation spot.
“It makes it more competitive when you sign a guy like Wellemeyer, I
think it’s fair to say. There are no givens here,” Bochy told the Associated Press. “We think
a lot of Madison, but you always want depth. It is always good to have
Hmmm, perhaps Bochy was reading posts on moresplashhits.
The Giants and star pitcher Tim Lincecum finalized a two-year, $23 million contract on Tuesday, completing a deal that was agreed upon last Friday prior to Lincecum’s arbitration hearing.
Lincecum will received a $2 million signing bonus, half due now, half due March of next year. So essentially, he’ll get $9 million in 2010 and $14 million in 2011.
The deal is good for both sides. It gives Lincecum some security, which is what you want in your first multi-million contract. It gives the Giants some time to access where they want to go in the future, some time to establish that Lincecum can be a durable performer.
Splash Hits expects that if Lincecum has another Cy Young-caliber season — whether he wins it or not — the Giants would be wise to lock up Lincecum through the rest of arbitration seasons and some of his free agency years.
Several reports have said that the Giants have offered a three-year, $37 million deal to pitcher Tim Lincecum as the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s arbitration hearing approaches on Friday.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lincecum’s camp has countered with a deal for more than $40.
Neither side has confirmed those numbers, and the Giants are only saying that talks are “ongoing.”
It is encouraging that the two sides are talking and there’s a good chance this will get resolved. The question is how much more than $40 is the Lincecum camp talking about. But one would have to think the the two sides are now about as far apart on a three-year deal as they were with the one-year deal that will be decided Friday in arbitration.
The Giants signed veteran right-hander Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league deal Wednesday and gave him an invitation to spring training.
Three veteran pitchers have agreed to minor-league deals and received invitations to spring training by the Giants — Horacio Ramirez, Byung-Hyun Kim and Guillermo Mota.
It’s possible one of these three may actually break camp with the big club. It’s been years since Ramirez and Kim have been useful. Mota actually had a productive season for the Dodgers last year. If he can do the same this year, he’ll be a good replacement in the pen for Bob Howry.
The Giants signed closer Brian Wilson to a one-year deal for $4,437,500, avoiding arbitration.
No shocker here. The two sides weren’t that far apart. This figure represents the halfway mark between two numbers submitted.
That leaves Tim Lincecum as the Giants’ lone unresolved arbitration case.