Tim Lincecum cut Saturday workout short due to a stiff neck

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Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum ended his Saturday workout early due to a stiff neck, but the Giants aren’t expecting it to be a problem once the World Series starts on Tuesday night in Kansas City, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports. Lincecum was rostered but did not pitch in the NLDS or NLCS, and is once again joining the Giants in their quest for a championship.

Lincecum had another tough regular season, his third in a row. In 155 2/3 innings across 26 starts and seven relief appearances, the right-hander posted a 4.74 ERA with a 134/63 K/BB ratio. His 19.9 percent strikeout rate was the lowest of his career, and his fastball averaged under 90 MPH for the first time in eight seasons in the major leagues.

In Pavlovic’s article, manager Bruce Bochy said that Lincecum would have pitched the 19th inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals — after Yusmeiro Petit had thrown six scoreless innings — but Brandon Belt gave the Giants the lead in the top of the 18th inning to break a 2-2 tie. Hunter Strickland held the Nationals scoreless in the bottom half of the 18th for the save.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.