Unable to come to terms with the Giants before figures were exchanged Tuesday, Tim Lincecum asked for a record $21.5 million in arbitration.
The Giants proposed a still impressive $17 million salary for their ace.
Lincecum’s filing is a record request for a player with less than six years service time. The Yankees’ Derek Jeter held the previous high mark, asking for $18.5 million in 2001. He avoided arbitration by signing a 10-year, $189 million deal then. Roger Clemens asked for $22 million from the Astros in 2005 after accepting arbitration as a free agent (he later settled for $18 million).
Lincecum just finished up a two-year deal that paid him a $2 million signing bonus, $8 million in 2010 and $13 million last season. He would have been a super-two player in 2010, so he still has two years of arbitration left before becoming a free agent after 2013.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.