NEW YORK — Tim Lincecum asked San Francisco for $21.5 million in arbitration, just shy of the record for a player, and the Giants offered him a club-record $17 million Tuesday on a dizzying day when 79 players agreed to contracts.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was among 54 players who exchanged figures with their teams, and his request fell short of the record $22 million requested by Roger Clemens from Houston when he became a free agent and accepted the Astros' arbitration offer before the 2005 season.
Interrupting the frenzied focus on money, there were two notable injury announcements by teams.
Detroit said star slugger Victor Martinez could miss the entire season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament last week during offseason conditioning. Boston outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist Tuesday and could miss opening day.