Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have expressed interest” in the free agent right-hander, but with the two-time Cy Young winner still planning an upcoming showcase to prove he’s healthy following hip surgery Encina adds that the level of interest is “unclear.”
Baltimore has previously been linked to free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, but apparently that pursuit cooled due to their not wanting to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. They’re trying to replace left-hander Wei-Yen Chen, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Marlins.
Even if he looks healthy throwing for interested teams in the near future it’s hard to imagine Lincecum getting more than an incentive-laden one-year deal at this point. He’s still just 32 years old, but his velocity has been on the decline for a while now and he hasn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2011.