San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Tim Lincecum shunned pending free agency and the chance to evaluate offers from other teams by agreeing to a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants reportedly for $35 million.
The deal becomes official when Lincecum passes the requisite physical examination.
The contract’s average annual value of $17.5 million far exceeded the one-year qualifying offer, worth an anticipated $14 million.
Lincecum was ranked the fourth-best starting pitcher among potential free agents behind Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez.
The right-hander excelled as a reliever in the 2012 World Series, recording a 0.69 ERA in five appearances.
In 2007-11, a period when he won two National League Cy Young Awards, Lincecum posted a 69-41 record with a 2.98 ERA from But in the last two seasons, Lincecum finished 20-29 with a 4.76 ERA.
Coping with diminished fastball velocity, Lincecum showed the Giants enough adaptability this year to convince them he can continue to be an effective pitcher.