Report: 23 teams have expressed interest in Tim Lincecum
Tim Lincecum is scheduled to hold an open showcase on Friday at the San Francisco Giants’ spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. It’s expected that representatives from a majority of major league teams will be in attendance, as reports indicate that 23 of 30 MLB teams have expressed interest in the right-hander.
Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman:
23 teams have now reached out with interest in tim lincecum. neither ny team to this point. most everyone else tho.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 4, 2016
Among the teams reportedly interested in gauging whether or not Lincecum can help their ball club are the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, the first teams to express interest in attending his showcase upon its announcement.
Joining the fray in recent days were the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins, according to Heyman.
The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels have also reportedly joined the mix, as well according to several reports compiled by ESPN.
The notion of Lincecum rejoining the Giants, however, seems to be a long shot as the pitcher hopes to start and his former team reportedly only are envisioning a potential scenario where he would join the bullpen.
Reports suggest that Lincecum is topping out at about 91 mph with his fastball, so some of his velocity seemingly has returned. Lincecum’s 2015 campaign was short-lived, going 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts. He pitched for the last time on June 27 before shutting it down to undergo hip surgery.
Lincecum has compiled a 108-83 record over nine MLB seasons, posting a 3.61 ERA. Nicknamed “The Freak,” Lincecum is a four-time All-Star (2008-11) and a two-time Cy Young Award winner (2008, 2009).
How much Linccum has remaining in the tank and whether he can re-conjure the magic from early in his career is unknown, but Friday’s showcase likely will go a long way in helping make that determination.
Either way, Lincecum’s relatively sub-par campaigns in four of his past five seasons arguably suggests his best days are behind him. But that clearly hasn’t dissuaded teams from at least wanting to take a look.