Tim Lincecum is on the right track as he is looking get back into pitching for a major league team. According to the latest MLB rumors, the San Diego Padres may have indicated their interest in signing Lincecum since they claimed a former San Francisco Giants catcher.
The Padres got ex-Giants catcher Hector Perez off waivers on Wednesday from the Chicago White Sox. ESPN notes that the signing raises the rumors of the Padres interest in Lincecum, who held a showcase to MLB scouts last week.
However, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that claiming Sanchez is unrelated to the Padres connection to the two-time NL Cy Young winner. Sanchez caught one of Lincecum’s career no-hitters, coincidentally against the Padres.
“One source said the addition of Sanchez is unrelated to any pursuit of Lincecum. Still, one would imagine it can’t hurt,” Lin wrote.
San Diego is looking for a third catcher on their major league roster following Austin Hedges unexpected hamate-bone surgery. Sanchez will be the third catcher on the 25-man roster behind starter Derek Norris and backup Christian Bethancourt.
“It’s about getting some catching depth, getting some protection while Hedges is out. I don’t know if it’ll be for an extended period of time out,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller told Lin.
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On the other hand, MLB.com reported that the Giants, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox are the three most interested teams to sign Lincecum. The Giants are looking for an additional bullpen arm but their former player wants to be a starter.
The Angels are lacking in starting pitchers following the injuries to ace Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney. The White Sox are also in need of an additional starter following the release of John Danks last May 3.
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