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Tim Lincecum and the Giants have reached a verbal agreement to avoid arbitration, according to a team source.The deal is worth 40.5 million over two years, including 18 million in 2012, 22 million in 2013, and a 500,000 signing bonus, according to a tweet from Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. The deal buys out Lincecum's final two seasons of arbitration eligibility and would expire after the 2013 season, when Lincecum can become a free agent for the first time in his career.The deal may not become official until Lincecum passes a physical early next week, according to Schulman.
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Lincecum reportedly turned down a five-year offer worth over 100 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
After two Cy Young Awards and a World Series Championship in his first four full MLB seasons, Lincecum is coming off what could be considered a down year for him. He went 13-14 with a 2.74 ERA, 220 strikeouts and 86 walks in 217 innings.BOBcast: Breaking down Lincecum's new deal
Lincecum, 27, is coming off a two-year, 23-million contract that he signed after the 2009 season to avoid arbitration.
A Giants minor leaguer made history on Tuesday night in Kentucky.
Left-handed pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched a perfect game for the Augusta GreenJackets against the Lexington Legends.
It is the first nine-inning perfect game in the history of the Class-A South Atlanta League.
Mazza needed just 85 pitches to complete the feat and struck out nine Legends batters in the effort. The last three outs were all flyball outs and the final out set off a wild celebration by GreenJackets players, who mobbed Mazza.
Including Tuesday's performance, the 22-year-old Mazza owns a 3.48 ERA in four starts for Augusta this season. In 2016, he made 14 starts for Augusta and compiled a 3.93 ERA.
Born in Walnut Creek, Mazza attended Clayton Valley High School and played his college ball at UC Santa Barbara. The Giants drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Anything you can do, I can do better.
A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.
Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.
Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.
Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.
In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.