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Lowell Cohn: Giants overpaid for popular pitcher Tim Lincecum

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum delivers the ball to the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of an inter-league baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

It must have been a typographical error, actually two typographical errors. That's what I thought.

The first typographical error: The Giants re-signed Tim Lincecum as a cornerstone of their starting rotation.

Really?

The second typographical error: The Giants paid him $35 million for two years.

That's a lot of millions for a guy who lost his fastball years ago, who wants — begs — hitters to swing at junk in the dirt, whose home runs per nine innings went through the roof (out of the ballpark) the past two seasons, who gives up a ton of line drives (you advanced statniks can look it up), whose earned-run average is a disgrace.


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