What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Reading through the sports news and I come across a guy that could benefit from a change of scenery.
He willl be a FA after next year, and will most likely still be pretty expensive to get. I do think if anyone could fix his problems it would be the Rangers, but pass.
Haven't looked at him closely but a move from a pitchers' to hitters' park may not be the best thing for him at this point of his career.
While I see the logic in both of your view points, perhaps the can be had due to the down year he has had and could be cause for the Giants to eat a large chunk of what is owed to him. More importantly, because of the down year he's had the Giants have lost a ton of leverage and may be willing to part with him for a lot less than they would have wanted say last year.
On the upside, because he his a FA next year, he could have one of those years where he wants to prove he isn't down for good. Afterall, he has back-to-back Cy Young's, so he is obviously capable on the mound. Just a thought.
I really like Lincecom and from a purely personal view point I would enjoy watching him pitch, especially when he is the lights out Lincecom. I don't know the underpinnings of his poor 2012, but if he regains his prior form, he is an Ace. A one year deal? I would bet on Lincecom bouncing back before I would lay wagers on Holland.
My favoritism still doesn't counter the reasons to avoid Lincecom. Foremost, I don't see Lincecom enjoying the DFW area. And I don't know how DFW, much less Nolan and Wash, will be comfortable with a long haired rehab prospect, which if successful, will only increase an extension price. Aside from the cultural friction, there remains the transposition of moving from a pitcher friendly NL park to a hitter friendly AL park.
No, IMO Lincecom doesn't seem to fit, but if he even achieves a 3-4-5 level in the AL/RBPIA I would be pleased. But it isn't my club or my money so I regretfully call it a long shot bet.
I totally agree about Lincecum being a West Coast guy who may not quite fit here... but his GB/FB is respectable and I don't think it's a significantly bigger gamble than going with Ogando or Ross or Perez in the rotation. I'd take him but not at the cost of top prospects. I can't even speculate on what the Giants would ask in a trade since it's such a weird situation.
He's a great pitcher, but not a great fit here. For a one year stint, he'd be an expensive rental. For the parts we'd have to give up to acquire him, I'd rather get a Price, shields, or Haren.
I dont know, though it would be a contract year, and SF may even eat a lot of his salary, his velocity was really down this year and you cant really fix that. That awkward delivery may be catching up with him, or just that 5'10" 158lb frame. I'm a little concerned about his career moving forward overall.
Lincecum is and MAYBE could still be a DECENT pitcher, but his bad year was expected...his durability due to his action is suspect and he has timing issues which can cause him to self-destruct....link to scouting video....http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/PitchingMechanics101/Analyses/TimLincecum.html
Obviously, this all hinges on one question: Whats the cost?
We'd be better off with Anibal Sanchez from Detroit or Marcum from the Brewers.
Marcum doesn't thrill me, as he'd likely be at best the #3 in our rotation and thus we wouldn't pay much for him. Doesn't get enough ground balls, imho. Still, rather him than Vargas. Sanchez, on the other hand...that's a guy I could see J.D. investing in, especially considering that he'll likely go significantly below what Greinke will. As it is right now, Sanchez would likely be either #2 or 3 but I'd prefer him to Marcum.
We let CJ sign elsewhere because he was apparently a bit of a headcase according to some sources. Lincecum is a certifiable headcase. Greinke has psychological issues as well and carries some risk, but I would much rather see him here than Lincecum.
That said, I'd rather stretch Ogando back out and spend money on a power bat, whether it's Hamilton or someone else.
Lincecum is still coached by his dad. It's not likely he'll be open to any suggestions from Maddux(2) or Hawk or anyone else.
And, his delivery is more violent than that of Pedro Martinez and his frame is similar. And, true to form, Pedro broke down. Who's to say that's not the process Lincecum's right in the middle of, now.
1. He's a little nuts. We've had enough of 'nuts' to last 10 seasons.2. He hasn't been good at all this year. Unless you count his relief appearances. 3. Just... no.
I would like to see what Lincecum could do for 1 season in Texas, but not at his current salary and not at the cost that the Giants would require in prospects. So... No.
Last year, some baseball pundit whose name I can't remember postulated that Lincecum may have cost himself a lot of money by not locking up long-term last year. After seeing his serious decline this year, I'm inclined to agree. Seeing how he does next year will be interesting, but I don't think it will be in Arlington.
Unless he came with virtually zero prospects I wouldn't touch Timmy. A drop in both control and velocity paired with a violent delivery makes me terrified of him. I doubt that the Giants are just ready to give him away for nothing so pass.
I agree with Mike. If SF ate 50% of his salary ($11M), I'd love to take a one-year chance on him. I put a lot of faith into guys who are playing in contract years, and I'm betting on a big rebound in 2013 for Lincecum.
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