Tim Lincecum

Wearing a new number, Lincecum joins Rangers


Wearing a new number, Lincecum joins Rangers

When you think of Tim Lincecum wearing a Giants uniform, you probably picture two things.

The long, flowing locks and no. '55' on the back of his jersey, helped 'The Freak' stand out on the AT&T Park mound. He was just the sixth player to wear the number in franchise history, and easily the most iconic. 

But the two-time Cy Young winner, who reported to spring training with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday and will officially join the team pending the results of his physical, will have a new number with his new club this season. He'll wear no. 44, in honor of his brother Sean, who passed away last month at 37.

“That’s a tough thing to put into words right now,” Lincecum told the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea on Tuesday, three days after his brother's funeral. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot with the services happening a couple of days ago. For me, I always looked up to my brother. He was an idol for me. He just had a lot of bad runs with choices he made in life. That’s where we’re at right now.”

Lincecum did not pitch in 2017 after going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016, and had 20 teams attend his Feb. 15 pitching showcase ahead of his comeback. He ultimately signed with the Rangers since, as he told Shea, “the conversations we had kind of made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers also had serious interest, but Lincecum opted not to sign with the Giants' long-time rivals because he felt "it would be really tough to the point I would be betraying my heart.” The Giants were not as interested, but he was still willing to see if there was a way to make it work. 

“I was going to give the Giants the benefit of the doubt because it’s where I feel my heart is,” Lincecum said in the interview. “It’s a second home for me, and they’ve been so good to me over the years. With that, I tried to keep the communication up with them, but ultimately, it came down to what would fit best for me, and this opportunity was the best fit.”

A fellow former Giant will wear no. 55 for the Rangers. Matt Moore, who was traded to Texas in December, offered to let Lincecum have the number, but Lincecum told the Chronicle that he declined. 

The Giants will host the Rangers in a three-game series from Aug. 24-26. 

Bochy analyzes idea of Lincecum being used as a reliever by Rangers


Bochy analyzes idea of Lincecum being used as a reliever by Rangers

SCOTTSDALE -- Tim Lincecum will not be a Giant this season. But he also will not be a Dodger.

After an early-morning report that Lincecum was down to the Dodgers and Rangers, he apparently has chosen to go to the American League West two seasons after a comeback attempt with the Angels. The Rangers deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Passan, Lincecum could return to the bullpen, and he has a "good shot" at being the Rangers' closer. 

"I think Timmy would be good at it, I do," manager Bruce Bochy said when told his former star might move to the bullpen. "He's so resilient and he gives you multiple innings and he can face lefties or righties. I think that would be a role that fits him, too. He's got that versatility. I know it doesn't take him long to warm up because I've seen it."

Lincecum has never regularly served as a reliever during the regular season, but he had a memorable run out of the bullpen in 2012, helping the Giants win their second World Series title in three years. 

Lincecum has never pitched a regular season game in Arlington either, but he faced the Rangers there in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series, giving up one run and three hits in eight innings while striking out 10. 

The Rangers don't visit AT&T Park until August 24, but their first road trip starts in Oakland. If Lincecum is on their roster, he'll return to the Bay Area on April 2 for a four-game series with the A's. Lincecum's last comeback also started at the Coliseum; he made his Angels debut against the A's on June 18, 2016.

Report: Dodgers a finalist for Tim Lincecum, but he picks AL West team


Report: Dodgers a finalist for Tim Lincecum, but he picks AL West team

UPDATE (12:36pm PT on Tuesday): Stand down, Giants fans. Tim Lincecum isn't going to the Dodgers.

The former Giants' ace is in "deep into talks" with the Texas Rangers on a one-year major league deal, according to Yahoo Sports.


SCOTTSDALE -- Tim Lincecum might get a statue at AT&T Park one day, but it's possible his next pitch at the ballpark will lead to boos. 

Lincecum is close to picking a new team, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, who reports that the rival Dodgers are one of the finalists for Lincecum's services. Per Heyman, the Dodgers and Rangers are the known teams that are willing to give Lincecum a major league deal. 

The Giants were one of more than a dozen teams to attend Lincecum's showcase in the Seattle area earlier this month and they came away impressed. Team officials had some concerns, though, stating that they needed to see more to determine if Lincecum's stuff truly had returned. The Giants are also right up against the luxury tax number, and the addition of a player on a major league deal could have serious payroll implications. 

While the Rangers have less starting pitching depth than most, the Dodgers could be an interesting home. They have repeatedly juggled their rotation the last couple of years to maximize rest for starters, and they have shown an ability to find impact relievers in players other teams gave up on. 

On the other hand, the Dodgers are in World Series or bust mode, and Lincecum posted a 9.16 ERA the last time he was in the majors. He hasn't pitched since a nine-start run with the Angels in 2016, but he was hitting 92 mph in his showcase.