It’s looking more and more like the Giants will have to make a tough choice in the coming months. Both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are approaching free agency and the consensus amongst outside observers is that one of them will have to go.
The smart money is on Matt Cain leaving. Lincecum has two Cy Young awards and is a fan favorite. While Cain is the longest serving Giant, he has also been something of an invisible man overshadowed by the bigger personalities in the staff.
The choice might appear to be Cain vs Lincecum, but it could in fact be much larger than that. If Lincecum’s extension is a given (as it should be) then the choice might be between Cain and looming extensions for Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo and the rest of the pen.
So maybe we should ask, is Caincecum better than Timmy and a loaded pen? Might they be better with letting Matt go and inserting Bumgarner into the 2 spot with a loaded pen?