Things aren't going well between the Giants and Tim Lincecum

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Thumbnail image for tim lincecum cy young.jpgSo, how are those pre-arbitration negotiations goin’, fellas?

To say the recent discussions between the Giants and Thurman [Lincecum’s agent], who
exchanged arbitration numbers featuring the largest gap in the history
of the process, have not gone well is an understatement.

According to several sources, what’s been going on between the
Giants and Lincecum/Thurman shouldn’t really be characterized as
discussions at all.

“Dismissals” would be more accurate — as in the Lincecum camp
promptly dismissing every variation of the Giants’ proposed two-year
deals.

And with each perceived insult of an offer, Lincecum is said to
think less and less of the team he’s almost single-handedly put back on
the map.

Oh dear. And this on the same day that Justin Verlander signed a high eight-figure deal.  To be sure, not everyone is as worried as Comcast’s Mychael Urban is.  MLB.com’s Chris Haft talks to a bunch of agents who think that the parties will settle before arbitration. 

The problem to me, though, is that Haft’s sources are all talking about them settling on a one year deal as opposed to something long term.  Doing it that way means that everyone will be back here this time next year, and in the long run, that will probably cost the Giants a hell of a lot more money than trying to lock him up now.

And the Giants do want to keep Lincecum long-term, right? I mean, is there any other option here?

The Giants are interested in Evan Longoria

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Francisco Giants “have keen interest” in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

Longoria is coming off his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .261/.313/.424 with 20 homers in 2017. He’s also still owed $86 million through 2022. Which, back when the deal was signed seemed like quite a bargain for the Rays — and likely has been over the duration of the contract — but now seems somewhat steep for the 32 year-old third baseman. That said, the Giants currently have Pablo Sandoval penciled in at third base on their depth chart, so Longoria would definitely be an upgrade, even if 2017’s dip wasn’t just a blip.

Nightengale says that for the Giants to take on Longoria, the Rays would have to take on a high salary veteran such as Denard Span or Hunter Pence. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.

If he stays with the Rays, Longoria will achieve 10-5 rights — full no-trade protection due to being a ten-year veteran with five years of service on the same club — so if the Rays are going to move him, it’ll be much easier this offseason, not once the 2018 season begins.