Former ace Tim Lincecum is attempting another comeback. He will hold a showcase in his hometown of Seattle, Washington for about 10-12 teams this Thursday. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees are expected to be on hand as the two-time Cy Young Award winner tries to land with a club for the 2018 season.
The 33-year-old last pitched in the Majors in 2016. He made just nine starts for the Angels, posting a 2-6 record with a 9.16 ERA. “The Freak” underwent reconstructive surgery on his left hip in September of 2015, but his surgeon expects a healthy Lincecum to regain his full pitching ability and velocity despite the sub-par first comeback attempt.
The Yankees’ rotation is in good shape heading into the season, which makes signing the righty a long shot. With CC Sabathia returning on a one-year deal, Chance Adams waiting in the wings, and Adam Warren and Chad Green able to make a spot start if necessary, the rotation is pretty much set.
A bull pen role is an option the Yanks might be looking at, but it’s unknown if Lincecum would accept that role. Of his 278 regular season appearances, all but eight have been starts. Also, pitching in the AL East might not be the best place to ease back into Big League competition.
Even though he is unlikely to land in the Bronx, Brian Cashman wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t at least check in on the three-time World Series champ.