First of all, I know a lot of Giants fans out there are panicking about the rumors spreading around the internet that the Giants are considering trading away pitching ace Tim Lincecum.
That is not going to happen within the next two years because a) he is a Giant for the next two seasons due to his team control until 2013, and b) he is freaking Tim Lincecum.
Even if we are millions of dollars short to re-sign Lincecum once he hits the free agent market in 2013, I am fairly confident the Giants would make some drastic changes in order to keep the pitcher around.
The Giants sold out every single home game this year. They possess the largest group of season ticket holders in the league and they still continue to get attention for their world series win over a year ago. The Giants have money.
So much money.
And yet we have been hearing from writers reporting Larry Baer’s statements such as the extra money is in a “rainy-day fund” or “we should just focus on re-signing our pitching staff”.
True, so far the Giants have maintained the pitching staff by picking up Jeremy Affeldt‘s $5 million option and by re-signing Javier Lopez to a two-year deal. But spending $9.5 million total on two lefty relievers? Some teams dont even have any lefties in their pen and they pay appropriate amounts to other relievers.
I understand that Lincecum will cost a lot of money when he hits free agency (estimated $18-20+ million a year) and if we trade him now, we can let another team worry about paying the young arm. We would get a large bat for Lincecum, adding some power to our offense.
Is that the only option we have? I know the Giants have a very, very good pitching staff. Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Jonathan Sanchez make up a pretty dominating core of pitchers. Their bullpen is even more dangerous with the likes of Sergio Romo (who keeps getting better somehow), Lopez (has yet to give up a home run as a Giant), Affeldt, Santiago Castilla and Brian Wilson.
It would only make sense to trade away some of that strong pitching for some offense, right?
Sure, if you’re the Yankees. Look at them now, C.C. Sabathia is the only strong pitcher they have (who asked for MORE money) and now they are scrambling to pick up the pieces (they also spread atrocious rumors like trading for Cain and Lincecum).
Strong pitching is what led the giants to their first World Series in over 50 years. They never won it in 2002 when they had pitchers like Rob Nenn, Kirk Reuter or Jason Schmitt. They came close back in the 60′s with Willie Mays and Willie McCovey leading the offense, but their pitching just wouldn’t suffice.
Some would say the Giants were just “lucky” when they won the world series. Sure, there was maybe a little of luck involved in the championship victory, but Giants fans call that luck “magic” and “torture” and they welcomed it with open arms.
Every championship team has seen luck turn their way, its inevitable. The giants will need a little less luck to win another championship as long as they have Lincecum leading the best pitching staff in baseball.
For any of you out there who believe Lincecum or Cain or Bumgarner or Buster Posey or Brandon Belt or Lou Seal will ever be traded from the Giants, just calm down and tell the yankee who spread those rumors to shut it.
They are the core of the Giants, and the front office will do whatever they can to make them giants for the rest of their