This seems a little far fetched. It is like a 3rd order reason (at best!) to want to keep Lincecum's salary down.
Also, if this were true, it would require a lot of smarts and forethought. And well, you know...
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Does Dunta Robinson get franchise tagged today? If so, does the tag stick, or is a long-term deal on the horizon?