The Giants lowball Tim Lincecum with an $8 million arbitration figure

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Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum has filed an arbitration request for $13 million and that the team’s number is $8 million.  That seems like an unbelievable lowball offer by the Giants.  I think Lincecum wins. Indeed, I’d say that Lincecum would win even if he asked for $18 million and probably should have asked for more.

And wouldn’t it be a pisser if the Giants, after lowballing him, spent a half hour in an arbitration hearing arguing over that $5 million difference, alienating Lincecum and ensuring that he’d never sign a long term deal with the team?

I suppose they’ll probably settle this somewhere in the middle, but if they don’t, I’m not sure anyone’s best interests were served with these particular numbers.  Lincecum could have got more; the Giants should have offered more.