Lincecum among 128 players to file for arbitration

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum highlights the list of 128 players who have filed for salary arbitration, with many likely to gain enormous raises in the annual process.

Lincecum has been one of baseball’s best bargains, earning $405,000 from the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and $650,000 last season, when he became the NL’s first repeat Cy Young winner since Randy Johnson from 1999-02.

The deadline for players to file for arbitration was Friday. Lincecum is eligible for the first time and figures to earn $10 million or more this year.

Other notable players eligible for the first time include Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Garza, Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin and Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton.