Los Angeles Angels Pursuing Tim Lincecum; 2-Time Cy Young Winner
2-time Cy Young winner and former San Francisco Giants’ ace, Tim Lincecum, is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. While with the Giants, Lincecum won 3 World Series Championships and appeared in 4 All Star Games. Known as ‘The Freak,’ Lincecum surpassed 190 strikeouts in a season 6 times and led the National League in strikeouts three times.
Financial terms have not yet been released, but it is expected to be a Major League contract finalized once he passes a physical exam. Lincecum made $18 million with the Giants last season, but it’s safe to say his deal with the Angels will be for considerably less.
Lincecum’s effectiveness and velocity have regressed dramatically in recent years. His Wins-Above-Replacement has not been better than 0.3 since 2011. 3 of the last 4 seasons, he’s had a negative WAR. His ERA has been 4.36 or higher each of the last 4 seasons and in 2015, his fastball averaged only 87 mph. A hip condition cut his 2015 season short before the All-Star Break and he eventually had hip surgery in September.
Lincecum held an audition in early May and about 20 teams came to see what he had left in the tank. While the Giants and a few others expressed some interest, it was the Angels who secured his services.
Ace, Garret Richards, is done for the year after requiring Tommy John surgery. Tyler Skaggs is rehabbing from his own Tommy John procedure, but is expected to return in about a month. CJ Wilson is working his way back from an elbow injury as well and will require some minor league rehab starts prior to rejoining the rotation. Jered Weaver has a winning record so far in 2016, but don’t let that fool you into believing he’s pitched well. He’s 3-2 but with a -0.7 WAR and an ERA of 6.10.
The Angels are already 5.5 games back in the AL West and unless something changes, they could easily fall out of playoff contention before the All Star Break.
While it’s certainly a longshot, the Angels will need Lincecum to show flashes of pitching that earned him his nickname if they hope to stay in the race.
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