Earlier this year, Tim Lincecum held a showcase in hopes of latching on with a major league team. The Angels gave Lincecum a chance to show he could regain the form that made him one of the top pitchers in the game, but that experiment now appears to be over.
On Friday, Lincecum started his ninth game of the season and lasted just 3.1 innings. He allowed nine hits, two walks, and six earned runs as the Angels fell to the Mariners 6-4. The following day, the Angels announced they designated the 32-year-old for assignment.
Today the #Angels recalled RHP Jose Valdez from Salt Lake and designated RHP Tim Lincecum for assignment.
Lincecum will now have the option to accept a demotion to Triple-A, although there is no guarantee he will do so.
When Lincecum signed with the Angels, no one was expecting to see the 2008 through 2011 version who won two Cy Young Awards. However, what we’ve seen thus far in 2016 has many ready to shovel dirt on the career of the four-time All-Star. Lincecum has pitched to a 9.16 ERA, while surrendering 68 hits and 23 walks in 38.1 innings.
Lincecum threw five innings for the Bees on Tuesday, surrendering two earned runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out five batters. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register noted that Lincecum’s velocity hovered in the 88-91 range, which was the same as his first start in Triple-A. He may have been reaching back for a bit more in his showcase for scouts last month.
No one expects Lincecum to be the pitcher he once was with the San Francisco Giants, but the Angels don’t have much to lose. If he can give them a solid five or six innings in the majority of his starts, they’d be happy with that.
It seems as though it came down to where Lincecum could start. Though he’s still weeks away from being in game shape, the Angels have plenty of injured starters and that won’t be addressed anytime soon. The Giants could only offer him a bullpen role, likely to the disappointment of Tom from MySpace.
There’s no way of knowing how effective Lincecum will be – he reportedly topped out at 92 MPH at his recent showcase – but the Angels are struggling and short of options, so they don’t have much to lose here.
Tim Lincecum performed on Friday in his long-awaited showcase for MLB teams interested in signing him.
Around 20 teams plus reporters attended the showcase to watch the former longtime San Francisco Giants pitcher throw. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, Lincecum threw in two sets. He reportedly maintained a velocity of around 90-91 mph in his first set of 20 pitches.
Lincecum then threw another set of pitches after a five-minute break and was around 89-90 mostly, per Sanchez. Sanche reports that Lincecum topped out at 92 mph.
Given Lincecum’s drop in velocity on his second set of pitches, it might make sense for him to pitch in relief.
The good sign from this showcase is that Lincecum’s average velocity appears to be up from last year, when he averaged 87.2 mph on his fastball, per Fangraphs. Unfortunately, he still does not seem to be at his average of around 92 or more, which was what he threw mostly when he posted his best seasons from 2008-2011.
Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 76.1 innings last season. Clearly many teams had interest in him as evidenced by the strong attendance at the showcase, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him signed soon. And at least this time teams could watch him without being thrown out.
Tim Lincecum is throwing in a private location while he rehabs from hip surgery, and he is not ready for MLB teams to watch him yet. Royals officials found that out the hard way.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman has been reporting that Lincecum, a free agent, is throwing in a secret location in Arizona to get ready for the season. He shared the news on Wednesday about the encounter with the Royals:
Lincecum throwing at secret Valley location. Royals only ones to find him, but upon arrival, were politely escorted out!
The San Diego Padres are “very active” on Tim Lincecum, who remains a free agent several weeks after spring training started.
Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, divulged that information on Monday speaking to The Mighty 1090 in San Diego.
“They’ve been very active on Tim,” Thurman said of the Padres, via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I don’t know that he’s got any affinity to any particular club. I haven’t really discussed that with him. I know that he loves the West Coast. He’s discussed the Padres with me. He’s definitely got interest if they have interest in him. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Lincecum, who had hip surgery in September, is expected to hold a showcase for teams within the next two weeks.
“He’s really been focusing on getting ready for the season and preparing for the season,” Thurman said. “This is really like his spring training right now. As soon as he’s ready, we’ll have a showcase.”
Lincecum has been throwing in an undisclosed location to prep for his showcase and the season as a whole. He’s a two-time Cy Young winner and still only 31, but he hasn’t put together a legitimately good campaign since 2011, when he posted a 2.74 ERA.
Lincecum is a free agent and may end up pitching for a team other than the Giants for the first time since entering the bigs. He is coming off hip surgery and not expected to re-sign with San Francisco, which already has a complete pitching staff.
The Orioles, Rangers, Marlins and Padres have been mentioned as potential destinations for the former Cy Young winner.
Lincecum, 31, went 7-4 with a 4.15 ERA last season. That was his lowest ERA mark since the 2011 season, when he was 13-14 with a 2.74 ERA. If the Giants do want Lincecum back, maybe they better speak with this man and let him take care of it.