As you probably know by now, Tim Lincecum has a showcase at Scottsdale Stadium Friday at 2:30 PST. He was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition last season and underwent surgery.
The 31-year-old is said to be throwing “91-93” according to Jon Heyman after averaging 87 miles per hour in 2015 with San Francisco. Twenty teams are expected to attend “The Freak’s” showcase with some wanting him to relieve, including the Giants, but he wants to start. With the back of the Giants’ rotation struggling and Garrett Richards needing Tommy John surgery, they make some sense. Lincecum would be relatively inexpensive, but it’s hard to imagine him doing any better than league average as a starter. Still, being an average starter might get you over $10 million per season these days.
The two-time Cy Young award winner hasn’t posted an ERA under four since 2011 and has a combined 3.2 fWAR in his last 615 innings pitched. He has a career 3.63 ERA and 29 fWAR, but his velocity and command have gone down every season. Here’s a quick chart of his year-to-year fastball velocity. His degenerate hip condition might have been a big issue concerning his effectiveness, but he’ll still need to show teams he can pitch.
You can stream the showcase right here at CSN Bay Area.