Report: Lincecum drawing interest as reliever

Is Lincecum regaining his old form?

Report: Lincecum drawing interest as reliever
July 16, 2013, 11:45 am
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Tim Lincecum joined Homer Bailey Saturday as the only two pitches to throw a no-hitter this year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Tim Lincecum added a no-hitter to his impressive list of career accolades this weekend -- to go along with two Cy Youngs, two World Series championships and four All-Star selections in seven years -- and it is putting the Giants in a tough position with the local icon.

Lincecum dispatched 27 Padres without allowing a hit on Saturday, after the Giants said in June they would move the one-time ace to the bullpen "in a heartbeat" if they had a viable option to replace him in the starting rotation.

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According to a Fox Sports report on Sunday, San Francisco isn't the only team entertaining the plan:

Some teams — the Tigers are one — have interest in acquiring Lincecum as a reliever for the stretch drive.

Lincecum isn't the only Orange and Black arm teams are targeting, either, as both the Tigers and Red Sox were linked last week to Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo.

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The Giants appeared destined to sell at the trade deadline prior to taking three out of four games from the Padres to close out the first half. At 6 1/2 games back in the NL West, it is unclear which way Brian Sabean and the brain trust will go.

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With his arbitration years behind him, Lincecum is set to become an unrestricted free agent when his two-year, $40.5 million contract expires after the season. The 29-year old is 5-9 with a 4.26 ERA and 125 strikeouts to 48 walks this year.

At this point, it is unclear if the Giants see him factoring into their future as a starter, a reliever, or at all.

What do you think is the best play with Lincecum?

 

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