Tim Lincecum will be put on display for 20+ MLB teams on Friday in Scottsdale including the Diamondbacks, who should give the two-time Cy Young Award winner a chance.
Tim Lincecum, who is a four-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, and two-time former Cy Young Award winner is currently a free agent and will have a bullpen session on Friday afternoon in Scottsdale, Arizona.
There will be between 15 and 20 Major League Baseball teams on hand for this session. Even though it will take place at the San Francisco Giants spring training facility at Scottsdale Stadium, the Giants are not believed to have “home-field advantage” in the running for the right-handed pitcher.
Lincecum has not been quite the same pitcher since 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Lincecum posted a 69-41 record with a 2.98 ERA and a 9.9 K/9. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Lincecum has gone 39-42 with a 4.68 ERA and an 8.4 K/9. In 2015, Lincecum started 15 games and went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA and a 7.1 K/9.
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With the struggles of the Diamondbacks rotation at the beginning of the season, it would not hurt one bit to give “Big Time Timmy Jim” a shot to revive his career. It is a mystery to us as of now as to how much longer Chip Hale will keep trotting Shelby Miller out there, but Lincecum could not possibly do much worse than Miller so far. Lincecum deserves a look, especially with all five starting pitchers having ERAs either in the mid-to-high 4’s or in the mid-5’s.
There are reports that Lincecum is already hitting the lower-90’s with his fastball and the other teams that will be looking at Lincecum on Friday include the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Oakland A’s, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, and the Baltimore Orioles.
According to a CBS Sports report about the Lincecum bullpen session…
"Lincecum admitted to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports he will need to pitch in a few minor league games to get up to speed before joining an MLB rotation this season."
Additionally, having Lincecum on the Diamondbacks would be beneficial for his sake as Paul Goldschmidt would be his teammate rather than having to face the right-handed slugger. In Goldschmidt’s career against Lincecum he is 15-for-28 with seven home runs and 17 RBI. That is simply pure “ownage”.
There will be more updates regarding the Lincecum situation over the next few days, so stay tuned to see if the Diamondbacks take my advice and become serious suitors for his talents.