Report: 20 Teams ‘Reached Out’ on Tim Lincecum

Free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum will be holding a showcase for teams in the next week or two, and 20 major-league ball clubs have “reached out” on him, with the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, and Baltimore Orioles having the most interest.

The 31-year-old has seen his performance, velocity, and overall command drop dramatically over the past few seasons. From 2007-2011, Lincecum posted a 2.98 ERA (2.93 FIP), averaging about 6.2 innings pitched per start, featuring a mid-90s fastball. He was one of the game’s top pitchers during that five-year span, collecting two Cy Young Awards. From 2012-2015, he recorded a 4.68 ERA (4.08 FIP), averaging 5.2 innings per start, with a declining strikeout-rate, walk-rate, groundball-rate, and velocity. PITCHf/x shows that Lincecum’s averaged fastball velocity dropped to a career-low 87.5 mph.

In September of 2015, Lincecum had hip surgery and was supposed to have a showcase to teams in mid-January. Then the showcase got pushed back to early-February, and now to late-February. He will need to show that he’s healthy and an effective pitcher during his showcase to have any of the 20 interested MLB clubs offer him a major-league deal to be a starting pitcher. If Lincecum’s surgery allows him to reverse his downward career arc, the 2016 season could serve as a resetting of sorts for the former ace.


One Response

  1. bill jaffe

    going to be interesting to see who gives him a shot, i think the O’s should consider him as should teams not sure about their 5th guy


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