In addition to the Giants, the Mariners, Dodgers and Angels could all have interest in Lincecum this winter (Heyman).
Lincecum rejected San Francisco’s most recent two-year offer and talks between the two sides have not progressed (Baggarly).
Lincecum, 29, went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 197 2/3 innings over 32 starts in 2013.
He allowed 184 hits, 76 walks and 21 home runs with 193 strikeouts this year.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I really, really hope Sandy Alderson is interested in Lincecum. The main hurdle will be Tim’s love-affair with the west coast. Assuming that’s not an issue, it seems like his personality and stardom would thrive in a place like New York City, the National League, with low expectations, a fairly-easy rotation to crack and a pitcher’s park, where he could rebuild his value and hit the market again around 32 years old.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Lincecum has struggled over the last few years with his mechanics, which is not a surprise given how unusual they are. He improved over the course of 2013, during which his fastball velocity returned to the mid-90s, which was not the case in recent seasons. He’s still pretty young, but there’s a lot of mileage on his body and it’s not clear if he now profiles as a starter or a reliever. The Mets need to sign a couple of starting pitchers this winter. The could have a match on paper with Lincecum if he’s really looking to rebuild his value on a short-term deal.