Two-Time CY Young Award Winner Tim Lincecum Signs With Los Angeles Angels
Tim Lincecum finally has a home. The two-time CY Young Award winner has agreed to a major league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. His former club the San Francisco Giants, who Lincecum had previous spent his entire nine year contract with, along with the Chicago White Sox, were among the teams interested in signing the 31-year old right-hander. It was rumored that the Giants and White Sox were looking to add Lincecum as bullpen depth, while the Angels are looking to add him to the major league club as a starting pitcher, something Lincecum had preferred.
Last season with the Giants, Lincecum was 7-4 W-L with a 4.13 ERA, 75 Hs, 37/35 Rs/ERs, 7 HRs, 38 BBs, 60 SOs, and a 1.480 WHIP in 76.1 IPs and 15 games started.
After spending most of the offseason rehabbing from hip surgery, Lincecum staged a pitching “showcase” in which about 20 MLB teams spent scouts too. By all accounts, Lincecum pitched fairly well. He showed a somewhat revitalized fastball, sitting around 90-91 MPH consistently; that’s up from the 88-89 MPH he was throwing last season before being shut down for the season. His breaking stuff was good as well, but that was never really a question with him. So what we have here is a starting pitcher who sits 91 MPH with his fastball and features above-average breaking stuff, about your run-of-the-mill 4th-5th starter. While it may seem unimpressive, it only takes one team to bite, and that team looks to be the Angels.
The Angels are in desperate need of starting pitching help, hence them being the ideal fit for Lincecum. They had just lost two of their key starting pitchers in Andrew Heaney and staff ace Garrett Richards, both to likely Tommy John surgeries. The Angels still have C.J. Wilson and Tyler Skaggs recovering from Tommy John surgeries, but their recovery is still ongoing. And with the Angels in win now mode and with little-to-no prospects in their minor league system – so much so that baseball evaluators are beginning to theorize if the Angels should consider trading All-Worldly Mike Trout in order to build up their farm system – Lincecum presents the best starting pitching option on the market.
While it would have been an awesome story if Lincecum and the Giants were able to come to terms on a contract, there just wasn’t a spot for Lincecum in the starting rotation, something he was adamant wanting to back into. While I’m sure Lincecum is disappointed that he is leaving the only team he has ever known, a team that he won three World Series Championship and two CY Young Awards with, he is going into a situation with the Angels were he can excel and hopefully starting rebuilding and re-branding his contract with.
This one is personally for yours truly, as Lincecum was my favorite Giants, but I’m happy to see him back in the big leagues and with a team that will let him be a starter. While it will be hard to see him in anything other than the orange and black, I will always and forever be rooting for him.