David Cameron of FanGraphs recently suggested that the Giants should improve the overall roster by trading Big Time TimmyJim. The argument is that saving the $20mil on Lincecum and adding several players would be better than paying Timmy’s salary for next year.
Personally, I don’t think it happens unless Timmy flat out demands a trade or publicly admits he’s going to look elsewhere as a free agent. Aside from his production, Lincecum is a huge draw. People buy tickets just to watch him pitch. When Brian Wilson isn’t doing something crazy, Timmy is the only nationally recognizable star on the roster right now.
Which brings me to my next point. If any pitcher is traded, it should be Wilson. They have another closer on the roster in Romo, Wilson is at the peak of his celebrity and physical abilities, and closers age roughly at the speed of NFL running backs.