San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum has asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration, according to the Associated Press. The Giants have offered Lincecum $17 million.
The offer by San Francisco to the two-time Cy Young Award winner is the most in arbitration history, besting the $14.25 million the New York Yankees offered Derek Jeter in 2001. Lincecum's asking price is second only to Roger Clemens', who asked the Houston Astros for $22 million in 2005. Lincecum, 27, was 13-14 last season with a 2.74 ERA. His best season was 20088, when he won 18 games and struck out 265 batters.