GiantsFan14 wrote:meh, he was ready to be called up. i'm sure it increased revenue and i doubt letting him just blow through AAA would have done any good development-wise. sure it ended up costing them money down the line but i can't really blame them for the move at the time.
This moronic move is going to cost EVERYONE millions in the long run, and all for a month of ticket sales for the amazing 2007 Giants.
Because everyone knew then that he would be the best pitcher in the game?
Most above average 1st yr arb pitchers get 3-4M (correct me if I'm wrong) and that is what he would have gotten if he was merely a very good pitcher. But you're right, it's unfortunate for the Giants that he became other-worldly. they aren't a small payroll team and his arb award is unlikely to have prevented them from signing/retaining any other players.
And I agree with GF that losing that extra year of team control over Posey and Bumgarner is a bigger issue than Lincecum being super2.