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Tim Lincecum Leaves Giant Past; Likely To Sign With Angels

Tim Lincecum pitching at his showcase last week. (Photo:mlb.com)

Tim Lincecum pitching at his showcase last week. (Photo:mlb.com)

Former San Francisco Giants’ Ace Tim Lincecum hasn’t played in a Major League game since last June and then underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip in September before becoming a free agent.

Although Lincecum is a two-time Cy Young Award Winner, he was plagued by injuries the past few seasons and this most recent one didn’t help his case in finding a position on a roster.

On May 6, 2016, Lincecum held a pitching showcase for Major League teams to show that he can still be a reliable and trusted asset to any club. He hit over 90 mph on the radar gun with his fastball and dazzled with all of the pitches in his arsenal including a changeup and a slider. This was a good sign for many scouting Lincecum as fears swirled that the right-hander had lost some velocity over the past few seasons.

This week, it seems that Lincecum will now have another chance in his Major League journey.

Multiple sources have said that although the current American League Central leading Chicago White Sox were one of the last teams involved in negotiations, that the struggling LA Angels have won the “Lincecum Lottery”.

It’s no secret that the Angels are struggling and have lost their Ace Garrett Richards to Tommy John Surgery, putting their rotation into even more of a peril.

The thirty-one year old who is a natural starter has also spent time out of the bullpen in his career as well. With three World Series Championships with the San Francisco Giants and two career no-hitters under his belt, any team would thrive from the knowledge that the seasoned veteran can share.

Although the details of the deal haven’t been announced, it is known that it is in fact a Major League deal and a physical will need to be performed before anything is written in stone, but it doesn’t seem like it will be very long before everything is final.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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