Tim Lincecum expected to compete for Rangers’ closer job
Tim Lincecum will sign with the Texas Rangers and is expected to have a shot at the team’s closer job, according to a report.
Both Yahoo’s Jeff Passan and Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Tuesday about Lincecum and the Rangers. They each said he could pitch out of the bullpen, with Heyman reporting that Lincecum would be likely to get a shot at the closer job.
Lincecum has been a starter most of his career, save for some bullpen appearances in 2015 with the Giants. However, his 2016 stint with the Angels as a starter was disastrous. He went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA. His best chance of sticking as an MLB pitcher for the future will likely be in a reliever role.
Lincecum only averaged 87.7 mph on his fastball in 2016, according to Fangraphs, which is likely why he was pounded that season compared to early in his career when he averaged around 92-94 mph. During his recent showcase for scouts, Lincecum was reportedly throwing in the 90-93 mph range.