Baer: 'You want to see the effort Hunter puts out every game'
SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants have one built-in convenience as they turn attention from Hunter Pence to Tim Lincecum.
They can hit redial.
Pence and Lincecum are both represented by Rick Thurman of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, and after finalizing Pence’s five-year, $90 million contract, Giants VP Bobby Evans reiterated that Lincecum would be the next priority.
“We’ve begun those discussions and hopefully there’s an opportunity to bring Timmy back and in short order,” Evans said on Sunday. “That’s our hope. We don’t intend to wait if Timmy’s willing to work with us right now. And that’s the impression I’m getting -- that they’re willing to work with us.”
Lincecum left a different impression a night earlier. The two-time Cy Young Award winner signaled that he would wait to explore free agency and weigh the Giants’ offer against the open market, saying Pence’s five-year, $90 million contract wouldn’t have much impact on him either way.
“I feel like most decisions people make at this point are personal decisions,” Lincecum said. “I’ve still got time to think about this. It’s not a pressing thing for me, and I’ll make a decision when the time comes.”