GM Brian Sabean said Tuesday that even if Tim Lincecum proves unwilling to a long-term deal this winter, the Giants won’t weigh trading the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Lincecum has long figured he could make more money going short-term with the Giants than he could with a longer deal, though he did sign a two-year deal that paid him $21 million for his first two years or arbitration. A former super-two player, he still has two years of arbitration left before becoming a free agent after the 2013 season.
While Lincecum is unavailable, the Giants are reportedly open to trading some of their arbitration players. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, they’re shopping second baseman Jeff Keppinger, reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres. Keppinger and Torres are both candidates to be non-tendered if not dealt. Ramirez has legitimate trade value and would be a nice fit for another team in a big ballpark (San Diego? Minnesota?).
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.