There are still a handful of interesting free agent pitchers remaining on the market, highlighted by the likes of Yovani Gallardo and Doug Fister. A former two-time Cy Young Award winner is hoping to make his case to teams soon.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Tim Lincecum is planning to hold a showcase for interested teams in the first two weeks of February. The 31-year-old underwent surgery last September to repair a torn labrum and an impingement in his left hip, but his agent told Shea that all has gone according to plan with his rehab.
“He’s throwing every day and says he’s doing great,” said Rick Thurman of the Beverly Hills Sports Council. “He’s got no instability in his hip, and he’s enthusiastic about his progress.”
Lincecum posted a 4.13 ERA (91 ERA+) and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings over 15 starts last season and owns a 4.68 ERA (75 ERA+) dating back to 2012. He’s a bit of a lottery ticket at this point, but the hope is that his velocity and command will rebound now that his hip has been repaired.
Thurman says that nearly all 30 teams have contacted him about Lincecum, with at least 20 requesting medicals. The Giants haven’t ruled out a return, though they would only have room for him in their bullpen.