Pitcher Tim Lincecum Living High & Mighty After Signing Record Deal
The Freak is getting paid. Big time. But the big question in San Francisco is whether some of the franchise-record salary that pitcher Tim Lincecum is now being paid by the San Francisco Giants will be collected for damages that were being sought by Lincecum’s former landlord.
Last month, the former Cy Young award winner inked an interesting two-year, $40.5 million deal, making him the highest-paid player ever for the Giants.
Unlike most Major League Baseball stars who rack up multi-year deals worth as much $252 million — which was what Alex Rodriguez was paid by the Texas Rangers — Lincecum said he preferred a short deal so he could see how he feels in 2014.
Clearly, the windup and the hair aren’t the only freaky things about the Seattle-native right hander.
In October, Lincecum was the subject of a claims filed by Mindy Freile, who was seeking $350,000 in damages. The claim alleged that Lincecum, well, basically trashed the place, according to original reports in the San Jose Mercury News and SFGate.com.
Whatever damages might have been done, the townhouse has been re-listed for sale at $1.795 million and appears to have cleaned up nicely. No word if Lincecum will look for another rental in the Mission real estate market.
When Lincecum is home in Seattle in the off-season, he’s apparently making good use of his 3,073-square-foot Escala condominium in downtown Seattle that includes a 531-square-foot deck and stellar views of the Space Needle, downtown and, in the distance and much to the delight of the Husky alum, the University of Washington.
Lincecum bought the place in December 2010, when he allowed a film crew in to show off the residence. Much to the crew’s amazement, the condo was devoid of any decorative elements except a unique, hand-carved wood dining room table — unless a few large flat-screen TVs count. The Seattle Weekly — who dubbed Lincecum “The Pride of Belltown” — was equally unimpressed, joking that Lincecum’s home was a “barren, artless wasteland.”
Perhaps by now Lincecum has had a chance to make good on some plans to install a Dale Chihuly glass light fixture. But no matter what, the pitcher appears to have gotten great use out of the Escala’s gym. After reaching 196 pounds after the 2011 season, the pitcher told reporters in San Francisco last week that he has dropped 22 pounds courtesy of the swimming in the stationary lap pools.