Lincecum is open to a long term deal

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He has played coy to date, but Tim Lincecum is now letting it be known that he’d like to do a long term deal with the Giants:

“I definitely like San Francisco. I’ve seen nothing but positive things as far as my personal experiences. It’s where I see myself being for awhile.”

And according to his agent, the ball is clearly in the Giants’ court: “We’ve let it play out this year. I think it’ll be up to the Giants as to what they want to do and how they approach the offseason. It’ll really be a function of how the Giants look at him.”

Yet another reason for the Giants not to spend their offseason time messing around with and devoting money to Bengie Molina.  If they sign Lincecum, install Buster Posey behind the plate and do whatever they can to upgrade the offense even a little bit, San Francisco would have to be considered a favorite in the 2010 NL West.