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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