Tim Lincecum returns as Giants ace, with options

ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer Published:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tim Lincecum showed up at AT&T Park on Friday with a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his cap and signature shaggy hair, hiding his appearance and nothing more.

Typical Timmy.

For the first time since signing a new contract that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2013 season, the Giants ace revealed his reasoning behind a short-term deal. He cautioned fans not to worry about his possible free agency, saying both sides are keeping discussions open on a longer deal.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner says he'd "love to be a Giant my whole career." He just wants to keep his options open for now because he has "never been a guy who could make a plan four years from now."