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Lincecum puts on pitching showcase. Why a scout expects him to be signed soon

Tim Lincecum hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels.
Tim Lincecum hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels. AP

Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to leave the game.

The former Giants ace, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels, held a showcase for 17 teams Thursday in the Seattle area, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Jon Heyman, an MLB Network insider, tweeted that Lincecum’s fastball was between 90-93 mph, better than the 88.4 mph he averaged in his nine games with the Angels, when he went 2-6. For the majority of his career, he was well over 90, including a high of 94.6 in 2008.

Heyman previously reported on Twitter that the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees would be among the teams in attendance.

A scout told The Seattle Times that Lincecum was consistently around the strike zone with his pitches.

“The split changeup remains the better weapon for me, but there’s not a real out pitch there,” the scout said. “He looks to be in great shape and has added muscle in his traps and shoulders. I would be surprised if he’s not signed soon.”

Lincecum, 33, was once one of the the best pitchers in the majors. A two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star, “The Freak” was instrumental in the Giants winning the World Series in 2010 and ’12. He was also on 2014’s championship team but only appeared in one postseason game.

He played for the Giants for nine of his 10 major-league seasons. He’s 110-89 with a 3.74 ERA with 1,736 strikeouts in 278 games, including 270 starts.

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