Ex-UW star Lincecum seeks arbitration record $13 million

Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum asked for a record $13 million in salary arbitration Tuesday, while the San Francisco Giants offered their ace $8 million.

Lincecum, a former University of Washington and Liberty High School star, is seeking the richest contract awarded in arbitration, surpassing the $10 million that Alfonso Soriano (2006) and Francisco Rodriguez (2008) got after losing cases and Ryan Howard got after winning his in 2008.

If Lincecum and the Giants don’t settle, an arbitration panel will hold a hearing next month and pick one of the salaries.

Lincecum agreed earlier Tuesday to pay $513 to resolve marijuana charges against him in Vancouver, Wash.

He originally faced two misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession stemming from a traffic stop on Oct. 30. The charges were reduced to a civil infraction.

In an unexpected twist, catcher Bengie Molina is coming back to the Giants as the free-agent after reaching a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract.

The Giants also agreed to a $2.1 million contract with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, avoiding arbitration. Sanchez threw a no-hitter on July 10.

Rainiers release schedule

The Tacoma Rainiers will open the season with a seven-game homestand, beginning with an April 8 game against Colorado Springs at Cheney Stadium.

On April 10, also against the Sky Sox, the Rainiers will hold a S.H.I.E.L.D night, with single-game ticket proceeds benefitting the Lakewood Police Independent Guild.

Short hops

The Associated Press reported the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $9.35 million, one-year contract with closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon’s salary is the highest for a reliever with at least four years of major league service. ... Closer Jose Valverde and Detroit finalized a $14 million, two-year contract. ... Minnesota agreed to contracts with all eight of its players in arbitration, including pitcher Carl Pavano ($7 million) and shortstop J.J. Hardy ($5.1 million). ... Infielder Jorge Cantu ($6 million) agreed to a one-year contract with Florida. ... Outfielder Ryan Ludwick and St. Louis avoided arbitration for the second consecutive season, agreeing to a $5.45 million, one-year contract. ... Catcher Russell Martin ($5.05 million) and former Mariners reliever George Sherrill ($4.5 million) agreed to one-year contracts with the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Outfielder Jeff Francoeur ($5 million) and former Mariners reliever Sean Green ($975,000) agreed to one-year contracts with the Mets. ... Colorado has reached preliminary agreements on multiyear contracts with relievers Huston Street ($22.5 million over three years) and Rafael Betancourt ($7.55 million over two seasons). ... Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry will be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame this summer. ... Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk blasted Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and other alleged or admitted steroid abusers in baseball, calling McGwire’s recent claim that steroids did not help him hit more home runs “a crock.”