Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum is still looking for a team to sign with this season. He was seen having a throwing session at the San Francisco Giant’s complex facility in Arizona. It fueled the MLB rumors saying that the Giants are close to re-signing with the team.
However, the SF Gate reported on Wednesday that there is no guarantee of a reunion between Lincecum and the Giants. The 31-year-old pitcher was just given permission to use the complex because of “mere courtesy.”
Lincecum has played his entire nine-year career in San Francisco and is still beloved in the community. He helped the Giants win three World Series championships in the last six years.
“The Freak” also won two-straight NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009. Nonetheless, his performance has declined since 2012 with many experts saying that he is better suited as a reliever.
MLB rumors from Lincecum’s camp say that he wants to be a starter this season and is looking to hold a showcase. He is prepared to show teams that he is healthy again. Lincecum underwent hip surgery last September and has not started an MLB game since June 27, 2015.
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As mentioned in a previous report, the Miami Marlins showed interest in the two-time Cy Young winner but no deal was agreed. The Marlins wanted Lincecum to come out of the bullpen and be a lights-out reliever.
The Giants are also open to re-signing him, but the team’s starting rotation is already set. Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy and Matt Cain occupy the five starting spots for the Giants.
In his nine-year career, Lincecum has a record of 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA and 1,704 strikeouts. He has also thrown two no-hitters in career, both against the San Diego Padres.
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