It was a busy day for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday as the team resigned its top slugger while also hearing what top pitcher Tim Lincecum is looking for in terms of salary arbitration.

Lincecum asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration and was offered a record $17 million by the Giants. Roger Clemens asked for a record $22 million in 2005. Last year, Lincecum finished with a losing record for the first time in his career but also had a 2.74 ERA. He was not helped by the Giants stagnant offense, which failed to score a single run in seven of his starts.

Two years ago, Lincecum was in a similar situation, set to go to arbitration, before agreeing to a two-year, $23 million contract. Both sides said they are open to continue negotiating towards a long-term deal.

The Giants did come to terms with Pablo Sandoval on a three-year deal worth $17.15 million. The 25-year-old third baseman hit .315 last year with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs. The team also reached one-year agreements with outfielders Melky Cabrera and Nate Schierholtz and reliever Santiago Casilla.



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