There have been talks about the San Francisco Giants trying to possibly trade All-Star pitchers Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain this offseason to get some more big-time hitters in the lineup, though according to Jon Heyman, it’s not even worth asking:
Cain, 27, is set to make $15 million in 2012 before becoming a free agent next offseason. Lincecum, also 27, could possibly make arbitration history in the near future, though he won’t hit free agency until after 2013. The two have thrown at least 200 innings apiece during the past four seasons, and only once did they post an ERA higher than 3.45 (Cain in 2008).
I’m sure there are a number of teams in the league that would love to have a guy the caliber of Linceum or Cain in their rotation, while the Giants would undoubtedly love to have some more offensive production coming out of their lineup, but dealing either one of these guys would not be in the Giants best interest right now or even for the next few seasons altogether.
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