Tim Lincecum will probably head back to the Giants rotation in 2015

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The Giants are going to lose, in all likelihood, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong. Or at least one of them. Maybe both. That leaves Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson as locks. Matt Cain if he’s healthy. Likely Yusmeiro Petit and  . . .

Lincecum wasn’t used much in relief in the playoffs. He has been fighting it for years now, but it still seems like the Giants’ best bet would be to have him in the rotation.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.