Lincecum stays put

Tim Lincecum has another shot at redemption with the San Francisco Giants. 

In spite of a storied start to his career, including two Cy Young awards and two World series rings, Lincecum was considered to be on his way out after poor form in recent seasons. Instead of releasing the 29-year-old right-hander, the Giants signed him to a $35 million, two-year contract through the 2015 season. 

Prior to the deal, the 10th overall draft pick in 2006 was resigned to leaving the Bay Area after seven seasons. 

“I’ve just been one of the most fortunate pitchers in this organization just to be a part of so many things,” said Lincecum, who won the Cy Young in 2008 and 2009. “To have the guys around me, Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, big names, Buster Posey coming up, Pablo Sandoval. The names just don’t end. To be here to witness all the things they’ve done, and be there for also the team things, it’s been pretty special for me.” 

Lincecum has had losing records in each of the past three seasons. He went 10-14 with a 4.37 Earned Run Average and 193 strikeouts in 32 starts this season. San Francisco missed the playoffs at 76-86 after winning the World Series last year.