Tim Lincecum to a Dodgers is a thing that can happen. Really.
[Update: Lincecum sealed with a Texas Rangers.]
Rumor has it a two-time Cy Young Award leader is a day or dual divided from picking his new club. And while ball rumors don’t meant a whole lot this time of year (or ever, really), dual distinguished writers have pronounced as many usually this morning: Jon Heyman of FanRag here and Hank Schulman of a San Francisco Chronicle there. So it’s a thing that can happen.
In box we missed it, a design of a “ripped” Lincecum incited heads in Dec (bel0w) and a showcase for vital joining teams followed Feb 15.
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Yes, Adam Ottavino took a design while training here.
Yes, Tim will chuck for teams during a showcase in a nearby future.
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— Kyle Boddy (@drivelinebases) December 19, 2017
If a clubs were doubtful going in (and a 2016 comeback with a Angels was distant from a success) a Freak’s 91-93 MPH fastball altered that thinking. He’d taken a whole 2017 off to recover more fully from hip medicine following a 2015 season, after all, and there was reason to be hopeful. To indeed cruise what a former San Francisco ace competence demeanour like in a rotation. Or a bullpen, if a actor would cruise a service role.
It isn’t famous what Los Angeles might have in mind for Lincecum. Would they widen him out in Spring Training, with a thought of carrying him reinstate an harmed starter should one tumble before to Opening Day, or would they have him try-out for a hurl in a pen?
I don’t know, though here are some things to consider. First and foremost, a Dodgers know pitching. They’ve always famous pitching. If Andrew Friedman or Farhan Zaidi or Rick Honeycutt has a devise for a man like Lincecum, they’re as expected to make it work as anyone.
Second, L.A.’s rotation, as now constituted is left-hander heavy, with usually Kenta Maeda being a usually right-hander in a bunch.
Third, any of a stream 5 — Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Maeda — has been on a infirm list during slightest twice in a final dual years. Los Angeles used 10 starters in 2017; 15 in 2016, and if a word “depth” hasn’t been a many used word given Friedman took over following in Oct of 2015, we don’t know what is. And conjunction do you. If Lincecum is healthy, even for partial of season, a Dodgers can use him.
Fourth, a Dodgers have had success converting starters to relievers a past dual seasons. Joe Blanton was a explanation in 2016 before blazing out in October. Brandon Morrow as god-like in 2017. Maeda was a timber in a postseason final year as well. Career starter Tom Koehler was sealed dual months ago, to relieve.