According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo, free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum will hold a showcase in January for teams interested in his services. Lincecum had hip surgery in September and is rehabing in Arizona with a specialist. Passan notes that the possible of impressing scouts does excite Lincecum.
The 31-year-old is coming off yet another disappointing season, posting a 4.13 ERA and 4.29 FIP in 76.1 innings pitched. In the three previous seasons he posted ERAs of 5.18, 4.37, and 4.74 with a combined fWAR close to 3 after having four consecutive 4+ fWAR seasons.
Passan says with the pain gone, Lincecum hopes to add velocity to his fastball. His fastball velocity had diminished to close to 86 MPH in 2015 before going on the disabled list. Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of his velocity.
Right now it seems his best role with a club would be a long reliever/spot starter, but it depends on his performance at the showcase. He could be looking at a big incentives-based deal.
In nine seasons in San Francisco, Lincecum celebrated three World Series championships and won two consecutive Cy Young awards.