Tim Lincecum on the South Side?
According to a Thursday report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox are one of three teams with the most interest in the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Lincecum, the 31-year-old righty who made four National League All-Star teams in nine years with the San Francisco Giants, is a free agent who recently worked out in front of a host of teams with the hopes of displaying he's healthy and still capable of pitching in the big leagues.
After stringing together some mighty impressive seasons — winning the NL Cy Young in 2008 and 2009 and helping the Giants to three World Series titles in five seasons — Lincecum's role with the Giants deteriorated quickly as he experienced injury troubles. He made at least 32 starts a season from 2008 to 2013, but that number dropped to 26 in 2014 as he pitched more out of the bullpen and to 15 last season as he only pitched 76 1/3 innings.
During those four straight All-Star seasons from 2008 to 2011, Lincecum turned in a record of 62-36 with a 2.81 ERA. In the four years that followed, he went 39-42 with a 4.68 ERA.
Despite starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana being among the best in baseball, the White Sox have struggled to fill a hole in their rotation. John Danks was designated for assignment earlier this month after posting a 7.25 ERA in four starts, and finding a replacement has proved difficult. Miguel Gonzalez has made two starts (4.91 ERA) and Erik Johnson has made one, allowing four runs in five innings.
With Mat Latos turning in several strong outings this season, perhaps Lincecum could be another reclamation project.