Giants general manager Bobby Evans revealed during a radio interview that Tim Lincecum has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following a setback in his recovery from a hip injury.
Evans told KNBR in San Francisco (via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle) that Lincecum got a second opinion from a specialist and is facing surgery.
Lincecum is in the final season of his contract and Schulman writes that the injury “almost certainly signals the end of Lincecum’s career in San Francisco.”
Lincecum last pitched in late June, finishing the season with a 4.13 ERA and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 innings over 15 starts. His velocity, strikeout rate, and overall performance have been in decline for several years, leaving the two-time Cy Young winner looking like more of a back-of-the-rotation starter despite being just 31 years old.
He hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.00 since 2011, going 39-42 with a 4.68 ERA in 616 total innings during that time. By comparison, Lincecum had a 2.98 ERA in 1,028 innings from 2007-2011.
Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.
Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.
The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.
Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.