Friday, January 8, 2016

Quick Hit: Tim Lincecum & There is No Such Thing as a Bad Minor League Deal

The New York Yankees bullpen is looking thin no matter how you look at it. Sure the back-end of the bullpen is amazing with some sort of combination of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances but while the team has essentially replaced Justin Wilson they have yet to replace Adam Warren. Warren, the right-handed starting pitcher that could pitch the 6th inning one night, save a gave the next night and give you 5 IP as a starter four days later. He was a versatile arm with experience in a big market closing, relieving and starting. I have already suggested Doug Fister once this offseason and Brian Cashman either missed it or rolled his eyes so here's another suggestion, what about a low risk and high reward deal with Tim Lincecum?

Lincecum underwent surgery in early September for a hip impingement, similar to the procedure that Alex Rodriguez has had twice now, and is already back on the mound throwing. Lincecum had the surgery performed by the same doctor, Marc Philippon, that Rodriguez had and is said to be well ahead of schedule with his rehab. Lincecum has reached the point in his comeback trail where he will host a showcase later this month in Scottsdale, Arizona to prove his health and stability with his hip.

Lincecum is a former NL Cy Young Award winner from 2008 and 2009 with the San Francisco Giants and has since been moved in and out of their starting rotation and bullpen for various reasons. Over the past four seasons though Lincecum has fallen off a bit posting a 39-42 record and a 4.68 ERA. This is nothing to write home about but I am not expecting Lincecum to get a MLB deal anyway and you know what I say, there is no such thing as a bad minor league deal.. right?

Lincecum is still just 31-years old.

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