SAN FRANCISCO -- Three San Francisco Giants filed for salary arbitration Friday, led by two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. Also filing were closer Brian Wilson and starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. The filings are procedural, reserving the players' right to have their salary determined by an arbitration panel if an agreement with the club is not reached. Players and the team exchange salary figures Tuesday and, should the case go to a hearing, the panel would select one number or the other, nothing in between. For that reason, the exchange of numbers generally frames the case and results in a settlement. Lincecum, who earned $650,000 last year, will have one of the most closely watched exchange of figures, having become the first Major Leaguer to win Cy Young Awards in each of his first two full seasons. The National League's starter in the All-Star Game, Lincecum went 15-7 with a 2.48 ERA, edging Cardinals starters Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright for the award despite finishing second in first-place votes.
He became the first Giant to lead the league in strikeouts for two years in a row since Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson (1907-08). Lincecum also topped the NL with 26 quality starts while ranking second in ERA and opponents' batting average and third in innings. He tied teammate Matt Cain for the league lead with four complete games and joined four other pitchers atop the NL list with two shutouts. Lincecum is the first pitcher to win consecutive Cy Young Awards since Randy Johnson, a Giant in 2009, won four in a row with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1999-2002. Wilson, who earned $480,000 in 2009, was third in the league with 38 saves last year. An All-Star in 2008, the hard-throwing Wilson lowered his ERA almost two runs in 2009 to 2.74. He finished second in the league with 60 games completed. Sanchez, who earned $455,000 in 2009, went 8-12 with a 4.24 ERA and was bumped from the starting rotation in late June after going 2-8. But on July 10 against the Padres, subbing for the injured Johnson, Sanchez pitched the first no-hitter for the Giants since 1976. Only a fielding error by third baseman Juan Uribe kept Sanchez from a perfect game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.