Giants Touch Base With Posey, Lincecum On Contracts

Giants VP of baseball operations Bobby Evans said he contacted Buster Posey's agent today in regards to a possible multiyear extension for the catcher, and also told Tim Lincecum's agent that the right-hander is also still in the team's plans.  (Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweet the details from Evans' talk with media members.)

The Giants and Posey first talked a possible extension in the spring and now that Posey has shown himself to be apparently recovered from the broken leg that prematurely ended his 2011 season, it's no surprise that the club has revisited locking up its best young position player.  Carlos Santana's recent five-year, $21MM extension with the Indians will probably serve as a reference point for what a Posey extension might look like.

As for Lincecum, it sounds as if Evans was simply making a courtesy call to indicate that nothing had changed in regards to the Giants' desire to sign Lincecum to a long-term contract.  "Obviously we'll be looking toward that in the future," Evans said.  Earlier today, Schulman wrote that the added cost certainty achieved by signing Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain to extensions increases the chances of the Giants also extending Lincecum.

Despite the Giants' recent spate of moves, it may yet be a while before we see Posey or Lincecum extended.  Evans said he didn't expect any negotiations to take place during the season but "there will be a time we address that" (Twitter link).

9 Responses to Giants Touch Base With Posey, Lincecum On Contracts Leave a Reply

  1. Kevin McConnell 3 years ago

    This is what a dynasty does…Let’s get it done Giants!

    • nm344 3 years ago

      Dynasties also tend to make the playoffs more than 1 time in 9 years.

      • Kevin McConnell 3 years ago

        No they rebuild, draft smart, and keep young, talented core players. No more Rowands, or Zitos please lol

  2. Marcatmeowmeow 3 years ago

    Cain, Bumgarner, Posey, Pablo, and Belt are good pieces to build around, I like these moves. Lincecum’s asking price may be too high, but we’ll have to see how he performs this year and if he truly wants to reach free agency.  

  3. thebigbangdito 3 years ago

    not a giants fan so no bias here…

    If the giants arent in the hunt.. they should really consider just trading lincecum for a minimum of a good bat… 

    seems like they locking up pitching but now they need offense help.. and lets face it.. lincecum hasnt been the same.. i watched a game the other day and his velocity has gone down.. might as well just trade him for offense to go along with the pitching they already have locked in for years…

  4. northsfbay 3 years ago

    The Giants want to build with the farm system and hold on to their own players when they are free agents. You want to build a young core. Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Posey, Sandavol, Belt is a good young core to start with.

  5. nm344 3 years ago

    Lincecum is not the same pitcher he has been.  He’s barely hitting 90 now and getting lit up.  He’s either hurt or the pitching has taken its toll on his body at this point.  Giants would be wise to trade him while he still has value. 

  6. Dynasty22 3 years ago

    Lots of it..

  7. BLB25 3 years ago

    Getting cost certainty and locking up Sandoval, Cain, Bumgarner and Posey is a great start.  Even without Lincecum thats a very strong 4 player base, and they have a ton of money of money becoming available the next several years with the Sanchez, Huff, Rowand, Zito and even Bonds contracts expiring and the ballpark due to be paid off pretty soon as well.  The farm system isn’t in fantastic shape but with young players like Belt, Surkamp, Hembree, Brown, Panik, Hector Sanchez, and Joseph all likely ready to assume fairly significant roles with the team in the next couple years they shouldn’t have that many holes to fill either.  While they aren’t going to be able to make a run at a Prince Fielder/Albert Pujols type hitter to fix the offense it sure seems like should have enough money to retain a Melky Cabrera and/or add a Ben Zobrist, Erik Aybar, Stephen Drew, Mike Morse, or BJ Upton via free agency in the next two years.  I also wouldn’t totally rule out a Lincecum trade next offseason that nets the Giants a rotation replacement and a young hitter should extension talks lead the Giants to believe that they’ll be faced with a bidding war after 2013.  

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