There have been numerous reports from Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan and the MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, that former San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have agreed on a major league contract.
The terms of the deal have not yet been released, but Passan has reported it will be a big league contract. The decision came down between the Angels, Giants and Chicago White Sox – all three looking for pitching help. The Giants, however, weren’t looking at Lincecum as a starter, but as a reliever out of the bullpen.
Lincecum has been rehabbing a hip injury since the end of last season as a free agent – he threw a showcase for MLB teams for the first time last week and is expected to start out in Triple-A before wearing an Angels uniform.
The four-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and two-time Cy Young award winner – all with the Giants – posted mediocre numbers over the last few seasons due to a drastic decrease in velocity on his fastball.
From 2012 to 2015, Lincecum has a 39-42 record, a 4.68 ERA and a 1.402 WHIP. Compared to the four years prior to that stretch (62-36, 2.81 ERA, 1.173 WHIP), he clearly wasn’t the Timmy Giants fans were accustomed to. Some blame the poor numbers on minor injuries affecting his mechanics, some believe his age (32 in June) may have finally caught up to him.
One thing is for sure: The Freak is back in the MLB, only time will tell if he’s turned his career around.