Texas Rangers Give Tim Lincecum Major League Contract

The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to give Tim Lincecum a major league contract to pitch for them pending a physical.  The amount of the guarantee hasn’t been reported, but I would guess it’s between $1M and $1.5M, given Lincecum’s veteran status and how they intend to use him.

In his recent showcase, Lincecum reportedly hit 90-93 mph on the radar gun and his breaking ball was sharper than when last seen.  The early word is that the Rangers intend to have Lincecum pitch out of the bullpen, and there is even a possibility he could compete for the closer role.

Lincecum famously wanted to continue to be a starter, but with a year away from the game, he may be willing to do whatever the Rangers want.  Lincecum has only pitched in relief in eight regular season games.  However, he has also made seven relief appearances in the post-season and was terrific in those appearances, mostly pitching long relief throwing at least 1.2 IP and as many as 4.1 IP in six of the appearances.

It will be interesting to see if Timmy can claw back a little of his old glory.  As a Giants fan, I will always root for him to succeed, and I’m also glad he didn’t sign with the reportedly interested Dodgers.

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2 Comments on “Texas Rangers Give Tim Lincecum Major League Contract”

  1. Burly Says:

    Latest word is $1 million plus incentives.

  2. Burly Says:

    The Rangers put Lincecum on the 60-Day Disabled List today, so it’s anyone’s guess when or if he pitches in the majors this year.

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