After weeks of speculation, the Giants P Tim Lincecum did in fact shock the baseball world, it just wasn't the number most experts thought it would be just a few weeks ago. Lincecum asked the Giants for $13M and the team offered $8M, a big pay raise, either way, from the $650,000 he earned last season. The numbers speak for themselves though, as the Giants ace has already compiled a 40-17 record with a 2.90 ERA in 89 career starts (three-years). In that time he has 676 strikeouts and 217 walks and has only surrendered 33 home runs. Keep in mind the record in the AL for most home runs allowed in a season was the Twins Bert Blylevan with 50 (1986) and in the NL, the award goes to the Astros Jose Lima in the 2000 season, giving up 48.
The Giants also have to pay closer Brian Wilson who asked for $4.875M and was offered $4M, Wilson made $480,000 last season.
Other big names that are sure to negotiate throughout the next few weeks
Orioles P Jeremy Guthrie: asked the Orioles for $3.625M and was offered $2.3M, made $650,000 last season; went 10-17, 5.04 ERA in 2009.
Tigers P Justin Verlander: asked the Tigers for $9.5M and was offered $6.9M, made $3.675M last season; went 19-9, 3.45 ERA with 269 strikeouts last season.
Rays OF B.J. Upton: asked the Rays for $3.3M and was offered $3M, made $435,000 last season; hit .241 with 11 HR, 55 RBI and 42 SB.
D'Backs P Edwin Jackson: asked Arizona for $6.25M and was offered $4.6M (a big reason why the Tigers traded Jackson), made $2.3M last season going 13-9 in 33 starts with a 3.62 ERA
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol: asked for $2.5M offered $1.75M; made $575,000 last season
Cubs SS Ryan Theriot: asked for $3.4M offered $2.6M; made $500,000 last season
Astros P Wandy Rodriguez: asked for $7M offered $5M; made $2.65M last season
Brewers P David Bush: asked for $4.45M offered $4.125M; made $4M last season (Wow!)
Angels P Joe Saunders: asked for $3.85M offered $3.6M; made $475,000 last season
Angels SS Erick Aybar: asked for $2.75M offered $1.8M; made $460,000 last season
Cardinals OF Skip Schumaker: asked for $2.75M offered $1.45M; made $430,000 last season
Rangers P Scott Feldman: asked for $2.9M offered $2.05M; made $434,680 last season
Other arbitration players:
Jeremy Hermida, Maicer Izturis, Jeff Mathis, Michael Wuertz, Casey Kotchman, Frank Francisco, Sean Marshall, Cody Ross, Corey Hart, Carlos Villanueva, Angel Pagan, Carlos Ruiz, Scott Hairston, Brian Bruney, Sean Burnett.