Lincecum and Giants Agree on $23 Million Deal

MLB betting had two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants coming to an agreement on a two-year $23 million dollar contract on Friday.

The two sides were headed to arbitration but were able to reach an agreement before the case went to a hearing.  Baseball betting stats had Lincecum as one of the top pitcher in baseball again last season.

MLB betting had Lincecum looking for $13 million in arbitration while the Giants were offering far less.  The two sides worked things out though and Lincecum will get a $2 million dollar signing bonus, $8 million this year and $13 million next season plus some incentive bonuses. "It's a win-win for both sides," San Francisco vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said, "I had no idea. I was not expecting a settlement at all. I don't know what changed. It's always ideal to have something both agree to as opposed to a third party figuring it out. We can focus on baseball from here forward."

Lincecum didn’t get exactly what he wanted but the performance bonuses could bring him pretty close.  He gets $200,000 for pitching 225 innings and that seems like a likely baseball betting scenario. He gets $500,000 for each Cy Young Award, $250,000 for finishing second, $100,000 for third, $75,000 for fourth and $50,000 for fifth. Considering he is the two-time reigning champ, it seems likely in MLB betting that he is going to get some money for that award in the future.

Lincecum is one of the best pitchers in MLB betting.  He is 40-17 record with a 2.90 ERA with 676 strikeouts in three baseball betting seasons.  MLB betting had Lincecum winning 18 games in 2008 while he won 15 times last year.  He led the league last season with 261 strikeouts. MLB betting stats had him tying for the league lead with four complete games and two shutouts.

There is no question that when Lincecum goes to the mound he gets a lot of respect in MLB betting. He is considered the top pitcher in the National League and arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball. He pitches on a team (San Francisco) that is not as strong as some others but the price on Lincecum is still quite high in baseball betting since he rarely loses.