Rangers Sign Tim Lincecum to 1-Year Contract
The Texas Rangers and the 2-time Cy Young Award winner, and 4-time All-Star Tim Lincecum agree to a 1-year deal, per report from Evan Grant (Dallas Morning News).
This is the second time in the month of February, the Rangers have signed a former Cy-Young arm, starting with the contract of Bartolo Colon just a few weeks ago.
Before taking the 2017 season off, Lincecum posted a 2-6 record, a 9.16 ERA, with 23 walks, and 32 strikeouts in 9 starts with the Angels.
In 2015 he had surgery on his hip to repair a torn labrum and was unable to get back to the form he was in for his nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants.
In his time in the Bay, especially between 2008 and 2011, he was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and was on the roster for all three of the Giants World Series titles.
Those of course included the 2010 World Series win over the Rangers where Lincecum won both of his starts with 13.1 IP, 13 K, 4 BB, 5 H, and only 5 ER. This being en route to being carried off the field after the Game 5 win just feet away from where he’ll be pitching again this season.
So, how does Tim Lincecum fit into the mix for the Texas pitching staff?
Lincecum is not anywhere near what his all-star talent was almost a decade ago but can still provide a pleasant spark in the bullpen as opposed to the starting rotation.
With only eight career relief appearances in the regular season, Lincecum could make an immediate impact in the later innings but is still a risk from a front office perspective due to his recent numbers.
Grant also reported that Lincecum will have a chance to challenge for the closer role, which shows the Rangers could be out on attempting to sign Greg Holland for that role.
But the biggest question of all may just have to do what’s on the back of the jersey.
Lincecum has never worn a number other than 55 during his time in the majors, a number already claimed by fellow pitcher Mike Minor. But one thing is certain, “The Freak” is going to have a much different look in 2018.
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