Tim Lincecum to hold “showcase” for teams in January


In an effort to show that he’s healthy following September hip surgery free agent Tim Lincecum will hold a “showcase” in January for interested teams to watch him throw.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Lincecum has been rehabbing with a specialist in Arizona and hopes to surprise teams with how good he looks after some rough, injury filled years with the Giants.

He’s still just 31 years old, but Lincecum hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.00 since 2011 and his raw stuff has declined significantly during that time, making him look more like a back-of-the-rotation starter than the Cy Young-winning ace of old.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.