While the San Francisco Giants most likely wont become sellers at the MLB trade deadline given their proximity to the top of the National League West, that doesn’t mean they wont explore trading Tim Lincecum.
Despite throwing a no hitter this weekend against the San Diego Padres, Lincecum has been sub-par for a pitcher making the kind of bread he does. Add in the fact that the Freak is a free agent at season end and the Giants are going to be facing a pretty big decision.
Do they re-sign Lincecum? Do they let him walk? Or do they trade him?
Multiple sources told me recently that some teams — the Tigers are one — have interest in acquiring Lincecum as a reliever for the stretch drive. Of course, that presumes that the Giants will become sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. That’s far from certain, even with a 43-50 record.
Despite Lincecum’s hefty price tag and iffy stats the last two seasons, he’s still a fan favorite and relatively young so the Giants obviously wouldn’t just give up on Lincecum to rid themselves of the upcoming decision. If the Tigers want the two time Cy Young award winner, it would cost them and it’s doubtful they’d be open to the elevated price tag.
Still, no harm in trying.