Tim Lincecum close to signing with the Angels

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that Tim Lincecum is closing in on a deal with the Angels. Passan said the Giants and White Sox, who were in the mix previously, are now out.

Lincecum would fit well into a decimated Angels rotation, still dealing with the loss of Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney. The Angels last week picked up Jhoulys Chacin in a trade from the Braves, but any additional arms would help. For Lincecum’s part the chance to start, instead of come out of the bullpen, has been reported as a top priority.

Lincecum pitched in only 15 games last year and has been a free agent since last fall as he recovered from hip surgery. He pitched in a showcase for multiple teams a couple of weeks ago, and the Angels apparently liked what they saw.