Tim Lincecum is expected to make at least one more start in the minors before joining the Los Angeles Angels.
Lincecum told reporters on Tuesday that he will pitch for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees again on Sunday and evaluate things from there.
Lincecum told us he will have one more outing with the Bees and "see how he's feeling."
— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) June 7, 2016
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.
Over a month into the 2016 season, Tim Lincecum finally has a new home, and he’s staying on the west coast.
The longtime San Francisco Giant is reportedly closing in on a major league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Sources: Tim Lincecum closing in on a deal with the Angels. Giants and White Sox are out.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 16, 2016
Once it's finalized, Tim Lincecum's contract with the Angels will be a major league deal. Guaranteed dollars still unclear at this point.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 16, 2016
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.
Tim Lincecum maintaining 90-91 mph velocity and showing a good change in second set of pitches. pic.twitter.com/zxTXY9rFB4
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) May 6, 2016
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!
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 9, 2016
Heyman also says that Lincecum is still a week or two away from being able to pitch for teams.
Tim lincecum is working hard, building strength and doing well. He's a perfectionist, tho, so showcase may be week or 2 away
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 9, 2016
The Padres are a team that has been reported to have serious interest in Lincecum, with the Orioles and Marlins also having interest in the former Cy Young Award winner. The Giants are also said to have interest in bringing Lincecum back. It would be even easier for them to sign the 31-year-old if they let this man pay for it.
Lincecum’s skills have been declining since posting a stellar season in 2011. He went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA last season.
Forearm bash to Hardball Talk
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.
Teams hoping to get a look at Tim Lincecum this offseason better break out the cloak and dagger.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Big Time Timmy Jim has been throwing every day at a secret location in Arizona.
Tim lincecum has been throwing every day at a secret location near phoenix with trainer and father at side. Showcase coming
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2016
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.
If the San Francisco Giants wind up making a bid to bring long-time starter Tim Lincecum back to The Bay for another hurrah, they may be getting a boost from a surprise donor: Tom from MySpace.
Tom Anderson, the founder of the now all-but-defunct social network MySpace, took to Twitter on Tuesday to publicly offer that should the Giants re-sign Lincecum, he would foot the bill.
— Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) January 26, 2016
Lincecum, now 31, went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 15 starts for the team last season. He hasn’t looked like an MLB-caliber starter in years now, and despite some reported interest in a return, the Giants would probably be best off thanking Lincecum for his service and moving on.
But there’s something oddly poetic about Anderson offering to pay for the Giants to bring back the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. Maybe it’s that both re-signing Lincecum and logging into MySpace will make you feel like you’re still in 2008, but I digress.
In any case, should the Giants decide to kick the tires on a Lincecum return, they can probably expect the full $7 in net profit MySpace earned last quarter to arrive from Anderson via check in due time.