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Man scammed Ravens’ Hayden Hurst by posing as Tim Lincecum

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Tim Lincecum is back in the news, though not for anything he has done.

A 25-year-old Pennsylvania man named Michael Daily has been arrested and charged with identity theft, theft by deception, and unlawful use of a computer, according to TMZ Sports. Daily allegedly is a scammer who used various social media accounts and posed as others in order to obtain memorabilia that he later sold online.

The case that got him caught involved Daily allegedly posing on Twitter as Tim Lincecum and reaching out to Hayden Hurst, asking the Baltimore Ravens tight end to send some signed memorabilia for what supposedly was a charitable auction.

Hurst allegedly sent two signed jerseys to Daily, believing the jerseys were being sent to the former San Francisco Giants pitcher for charity purposes. The scam was uncovered when Hurst’s agent came across the items being sold online.

Lincecum, 35, won two Cy Young awards during his MLB career. We haven’t heard from him since he was released by the Rangers two years ago.

Hurst, 26, was a first-round pick by the Ravens out of South Carolina in 2018. He had 30 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Tim Lincecum released by Texas Rangers

Tim Lincecum

The Texas Rangers’ Tim Lincecum experiment did not work out.

The Rangers announced that they have released Lincecum. The 33-year-old was signed at the end of spring training and was trying to work towards making the MLB roster during some time in the minor leagues, but he did not perform well.

In 12.2 innings at Triple-A, Lincecum allowed 14 hits, 9 walks, 12 runs (8 earned) and struck out 10. He simply did not pitch well enough to warrant the Rangers adding him to their roster.

Some other team could try to give him a shot, but based on how much he struggled this year and in his last MLB season in 2016, him being an effective pitcher in the majors again would be a longshot.

Tim Lincecum expected to compete for Rangers’ closer job

Tim Lincecum

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.

Angels reportedly have interest in Tim Lincecum again

Tim Lincecum has not given up on pitching in the major leagues, and it sounds like there will be plenty of teams willing to give him a look at his showcase on Thursday.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, several teams are planning to send scouts to watch Lincecum. Among them will be the Los Angeles Angels, whom the right-hander played for in 2016.

Lincecum was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball for several years, and he has two Cy Young Awards and three World Series championships to his name. His success came with the San Francisco Giants, who also are reportedly considering bringing him back.

It goes without saying that Lincecum will never return to the form that earned him the nickname “The Freak,” but he’s still just 33. If he’s healthy after his latest hip procedure, there’s a chance he could pitch in the majors again in 2018.

Report: Giants could bring back Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum is still looking for a way back into Major League Baseball, and his former team could be willing to give him that route.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the San Francisco Giants have been eyeing Lincecum and will attend his scheduled showcase for teams on Thursday.

While numerous teams are expected to attend the showcase, the Giants may have the inside track. According to Heyman, Lincecum still maintains excellent relations with the organization, and they may be able to offer him a bullpen role.

Lincecum won two Cy Young awards and three World Series titles in San Francisco before his career flamed out, with his most recent big league stint coming in a brutal spell with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. The 33-year-old has been working out with the aim of finding a job for 2018.

Tim Lincecum reportedly planning showcase for teams

Don’t call it a career yet for Big Time Timmy Jim.

A photo of Tim Lincecum looking pretty ripped circulated on social media Tuesday after it was shared on Instagram by Colorado Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino.

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The photo apparently was of Lincecum throwing at a training facility in Washington, his home state. The company founder said that Lincecum is planning to throw for teams at a showcase in the near future.

Though Lincecum is only 33, he’s so far removed from his days of awesomeness. His peak came between 2008-2011 when he won back-to-back Cy Young Awards and made the All-Star team all four seasons. Since then his velocity dropped off and his ERA hasn’t been below 4.00. His comeback attempt with the Angels in 2016 was a disaster, as he went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA. It’s hard to see him bringing any value to a club in 2018.

He’s the second former Cy Young Award winner in two days to plan a comeback.

Agent: Tim Lincecum has no plans to retire

Tim Lincecum apparently still thinks he has something left in the tank.

Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, says that the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner isn’t planning to retire and “is throwing and getting ready for the season,” per Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

It’s a bit of a surprising development considering how completely and utterly washed up Lincecum looked last season. He made nine starts for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and posted a 2-6 record with a 9.16 ERA, 32 strikeouts, and 23 walks before his time in a Halos uniform ended with a whimper. Lincecum’s velocity and command seemed completely shot as his offerings were little more than glorified batting practice for opposing hitters.

But the 32-year-old is still hopeful he can still turn things around despite the fact that he is currently without a deal for the 2017 season. With pitchers and catchers set to report in less than a month, Lincecum would probably be fortunate to get even a minor league invite to spring training.