Today in Tribe History: February 12, 2010
The San Francisco Giants sign pitcher Tim Lincecum, the National League Cy Young Award winner in both 2008 and 2009, to a two-year contract worth $23 million, thus avoiding a record-setting salary arbitration hearing. Though this may not seem “Tribe History” related, it actually has some round-about ties to the organization. Lincecum was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 42nd round of the 2005 amateur draft after his sophmore year at the University of Washington. Mark Shapiro reportedly was interested in Lincecum to be used as a closer had he signed. Lincecum did not sign and would be drafted by the San Francisco Giants the following year with the 10th pick overall and remain a starting pitcher.