REPORT: The Giants offer Lincecum $37 million over three years

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John Shea of the
San Francisco Chronicle reports
that the Giants have offered Tim Lincecum a
three-year, $37 million contract. The proposed contract would includes annual salaries of $9.5 million, $12.5 million and $15 million. Lincecum’s people reportedly countered with something north of $40 million. No one will confirm that, but the Giants are saying that negotiations are “ongoing.”

Good to see that the parties are engaging, and I reckon that 3/$37M is a good starting point, though I’m having a really hard time seeing Lincecum accept something that pays him less than he’s likely to win — in my view anyway — in arbitration for 2010 alone for two of the three years of the deal.

The Hall of Fame rejected the BBWAA vote to make ballots public

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Last year, at the Winter Meetings, the BBWAA voted overwhelmingly to make Hall of Fame ballots public beginning with this year’s election. Their decision was a long-demanded one, and it served to make a process that has often frustrated fans — and many voters — more transparent.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted a few minutes ago, however, that at some point since last December, the Hall of Fame rejected the BBWAA’s vote. Writers may continue to release their own ballots, but their votes will not automatically be made public.

I don’t know what the rationale could possibly be for the Hall of Fame. If I had to guess, I’d say that the less-active BBWAA voters who either voted against that change or who weren’t present for it because they don’t go to the Winter Meetings complained about it. It’s likewise possible that the Hall simply doesn’t want anyone talking about the votes and voters so as not to take attention away from the honorees and the institution, but that train left the station years ago. If the Hall doesn’t want people talking about votes and voters, they’d have to change the whole thing to some star chamber kind of process in which the voters themselves aren’t even known and no one discusses it publicly until after the results are released.

Oh well. There’s a lot the Hall of Fame does that doesn’t make a ton of sense. Add this to the list.