He is currently 29 years old. Yes he is approaching 30 (thank you Captain Obvious), but there is still a real shot that he has gas left in the tank and redemption in the future. A big reason why he isn’t looking for a big contract is because he needs a few years (1 or 2) to prove himself to be a top of the rotation pitcher again. In 2012 he had a 5.18 ERA, which isn’t good at all, especially in the National League. This last season he posted a 4.37 ERA, a visible improvement that altogether wasn’t too inspiring.
The qualifying offer being extended by the Giants is really on principle and on Timmy’s previous body of work. His last two years don’t warrant a $14 million dollar contract. However, he does have the stuff, the mechanics and the makeup to turn it around and be the Freak yet again.
And he could very well do that in Seattle. I mean: why not? It couldn’t be a more perfect situation for EVERYONE involved. Let’s look at worst-case best-case scenarios: