Tim Lincecum helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series titles in the past six seasons. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Giants are interested in bringing back Lincecum.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network noted that San Francisco is still open to signing “The Freak” to a contract and keep him in a Giants uniform. The team remains in contact with the 31-year-old pitcher and is planning to give him a shot as part of the bullpen.
The Miami Marlins were also interested in Lincecum but also as a relief pitcher, per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. However, Heyman mentioned that Lincecum wants to be a starter instead of coming out of the bullpen.
#SFGiants remain interested/in touch with timmy. unlike others, they are still thinking pen for him, tho. TL wants to start
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 8, 2016
Starting pitchers tend to make more than relievers but the two-time Cy Young winner has been on the decline this past couple of seasons. He might be better suited to become a reliever or even a closer for the Giants that already have Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain in their rotation.
There’s also some concern regarding his health as he underwent hip surgery last September. MLB rumors this past offseason were indicating that Lincecum was going to hold a showcase in Arizona last February.
MLB rumors from San Diego also links Lincecum to the Padres. However, general manager A.J. Preller said before the start of the 2016 season that he is not expecting any moves but there would discussions regarding the improvement of the team.
“I think at this point, our focus has been more on some of the position battles, the competitions to round the club out. But you never want to say no. There’s always discussion,” Preller told the San Diego Tribune.
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