Although it has yet to be decided if San Francisco Giants’ former pitching ace Tim Linecum will once again don orange and black and stay in the Bay Area, much speculation has risen about Lincecum’s future in the MLB – either with the Giants or another team.
Because Lincecum began his career in San Francisco, there’s hope that he’ll continue his legacy where it began. However, it appears that while the Giants have expressed interest in keeping their two-time National League Cy-Young Award winner, there may not be a need for him in the pitching rotation for the upcoming season.
The Giants’ current six-man pitching rotation consists of Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Jake Peavy, Matt Cain, and Chris Heston. While Bumgarner himself is a huge preexisting asset to the Giants, additions like Samardzija and Cueto only enhance the rotation, which in turn enhances the Giants as a whole as regular season approaches.
But a stacked rotation will make it harder for Lincecum to earn his place in the lineup, especially because his ability to pitch as he did pre-surgery has yet to be determined.
Before his surgery, Lincecum was susceptible to career statistics like a 3.61 ERA, and 1,704 strikeouts with the Giants. Now however, Lincecum could find himself wearing a new jersey for the first time in his professional career, if the Giants opt against bringing him on board.
But while Lincecum’s future in San Francisco may look bleak, it was announced on Feb. 8th that the Texas Rangers have had their eye on him since the conclusion of last season.
“We monitored his health process throughout the offseason as well as his rehab. We’re definitely going to be in attendance at his next throwing session and evaluate him,” said Rangers’ assistant general manager Thad Levine. “But by-and-large we’re looking at the right player at this point.”