It’s not at all surprising that Lincecum won the award. But what’s totally remarkable is the factÂ thatÂ Brandon Webb boosted the buyout of his 2010 contract option by $500,000 for finishing as runner-up,Â Johan Santana earned $50,000 for a third-place finish, CC Sabathia took home $75,000 for a 5th place finish, and Tim Lincecum doesn’t even get to expense his taxi ride to the stadium for the Cy Young press conference.
To put this into perspective, Lincecum was paid $405,000 in 2008 (just $5k over the league minimum) — so that makes Sabathia’s Cy Young award for 5th place almost 20% of what Lincecum made all year — and Webb’s buyout option in 2010 increased by more than what Lincecum took home all f***ing year. Is that fair? No. But is life fair? No.
So what does this mean for Lincecum’s future earnings? Well, his pay check for 2009 is up to the Giants. He could theoretically get paid the league minimum again. But then that would obviously create ill will between Tim and the ballclub.
According to his agent,Â Rick Thurman, Tim is open to signing a multi-year deal with the Giants or he will be happy to continue going year to year.Â What I don’t get is why Lincecum is getting screwed on his contract while he’s the best starting pitcher in the NL.
Here’s my advice, Tim. Get an agent who will get you some cash now before Barry Zito and the rest of the Giants organization start to rub off on you.