Former CY Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year Major League deal on Tuesday. The contract was pending a physical.
Tim Lincecum was a superstar in his 9-years playing for the San Francisco Giants in which he won two CY Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, threw 2 No-Hitters, was a 4-time All-Star and helped the Giants win World Series Championships in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Lincecum has posted a 110-89 win-loss record in his Major League career with a 3.74 ERA in 278 games (270 starts) while pitching in parts of 10 MLB seasons (9 of which were with the Giants).
In 2015, Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in just 15 starts. After undergoing surgery, Lincecum did not immediately sign with a team after completing a $35 million, two-year deal with San Francisco. “The Freak” as he was affectionately named by Giants fans, then signed a deal with the Los Angels Angels but proceded to have an insanely disappointing run in which he posted a 2-6 win-loss record with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts. Lincecum was soon designated for assignment.
Lincecum did not pitch during the 2017 season and has been staging a comeback ever since being released.
Lincecum held a showcase in which he threw 41 pitches in front of around 30 Major League scouts. There were reportedly 3 deals on the table for Lincecum, who saw a jump in velocity and is now in the best shape of his life. There were reportedly 2-3 teams that offered Lincecum an MLB deal and two of them have been disclosed to the public (the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers).
“The Freak” will be gunning for a job in the Rangers’ bullpen and could possibly wind up as Texas’ closer. It is also a possibility, while it seems slim, that he has a shot at the Rangers’ starting rotation.
Tim Lincecum is back and has a burning desire to prove everyone wrong, get back on a Major league club, and start pitching well again. It will be nice to have “The Freak” back in the Major Leagues and it will be captivating as to whether Lincecum can make a successful bounceback. Regardless of who’s side your on, it will be fun to watch Lincecum as he embarks on his journey to make it back to the Majors.