Who doesn’t love a good comeback story. Yesterday saw the potential start of a comeback story for the ages. Tim Lincecum, one of the best pitchers in the game, a three time World Series winner and two time National League Cy Young winner threw a showcase for about 20 scouts. By most accounts Lincecum impressed scouts as he hit 91-93 mph on the radar gun. This is up from the mid 80s he was throwing at back in 2016 when he last pitched in the majors. Based on what Lincecum showed yesterday, it seems likely that he may get offered a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. It’s not sure whether he will be a starter or a reliever at this stage, but I can imagine that he can help a few clubs out of the pen. Lincecum is 33 years old and has the pedigree. He won the World Series three times with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Lincecum has a 3.74 ERA over 278 games, winning 110 of those.
Teams are still tinkering their rosters as Spring Training games approach. A few teams in the American League East made some moves yesterday were:
There has been a lot of talk about the Orioles not having enough quality starting pitchers in their potential Opening Day roster. The Orioles have patiently sat and waited until yesterday. They had to do something and they did. The Orioles signed veteran starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner for $16million over 2 years. This looks like a solid signing for good value and no doubt it improves the Orioles. Cashner had a good season with the Rangers last year, with 11 wins and a 3.40 ERA. He has a career ERA of 3.80. Something the Orioles desperately need.
The Red Sox signed 30 year old Eduardo Nunez to a one year deal. Nunez had a good season in which he batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases for the Giants and the Red Sox. He plays short, second and third making him an attractive versatile player for the Red Sox, especially with Pedroia’s injury concerns. Nunez himself doesn’t come without injury concerns and his deal is pending a physical. His season ended last year when he injured his right knee in September.
The Blue Jays signed 31 year old lefty pitcher Jaime Garcia to a one year contract worth $8 million. This looks to be a solid, low risk move by the Blue Jays to shore up the fifth spot in their rotation. Garcia struggled a bit last season as he posted a 4.41 ERA in 27 starts for three different clubs. His career ERA is 3.69 in 185 games.