Tim Lincecum is asking for $13 million in arbitration from the San Francisco Giants

Tim Lincecum is asking for $13 million in arbitration from the San Francisco Giants while the team will counter with an $8 million offer, SI.com has learned.

Lincecum, 25, won his second straight National League Cy Young award in 2009 after going 15-7 with a 2.48 ERA while leading the league in complete games (4), shutouts (2) and strikeouts (248) in 225 1/3 innings.

If Lincecum and the Giants are unable to reach a settlement, an arbitration panel will pick one of the salaries during a hearing to be held in February. The highest salary ever awarded in arbitration is the $10 million Ryan Howard of the Philadlephia Phillies got after the 2006 season.

Meanwhile, Tigers ace Justin Verlander has filed a $9.5 million offer while Detroit has countered with an offer of $6.9 million.

Verlander, 27, led the American League in wins (19), starts (35), innings pitched (240) and strikeouts (269), all of which represented career-high totals.

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