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.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.