Tim Lincecum isn’t signing with Giants before free agency

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Last month, after locking up Hunter Pence to a long-term deal before he hit the open market, Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that he hoped to do the same with impending free agent Tim Lincecum.

However, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com the two sides haven’t been able to come to an agreement and Lincecum expects to become a free agent.

Baggarly reports that the Giants offered him a two-year deal and plan to make a qualifying offer to Lincecum, which means they’ll receive draft pick compensation if/when he signs elsewhere. He’d also have the option of simply accepting the qualifying offer, which would be a one-year deal for around $14 million, but presumably Lincecum feels he can do better.

He’ll be one of the more interesting free agents to track, because Lincecum is still just 29 years old and his track record includes two Cy Young awards, but since the beginning of 2012 he has a 20-29 record and 4.76 ERA in 65 starts.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.