San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean all but finalized pitcher Barry Zito's long-expected departure following seven tough years, while saying two of his top priorities moving forward from a disappointing 2013 season are re-signing Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence.
Yes, Lincecum might stay put in the comforts of the Bay Area where The Freak has spent his entire seven-year big league career. The pitcher said Thursday he feeds off familiarity and would like to stay, and Sabean acknowledged Friday he will try to lock up a deal for Lincecum before he hits free agency.
The Giants are in discussions with the representatives for Pence, who is wrapping up a $13.8 million, one-year deal.
Zito's $18 million option for 2014 won't be picked up, so he will receive a $7 million buyout.