Posted July 16, 2013

Report: Tigers interested in Tim Lincecum as a reliever

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Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum celebrates after throwing a no-hitter last weekend. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers, in need of some bullpen help, are targeting San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, reports FoxSports.com.

Lincecum, a two-time National League Cy Young winner, had a 3.83 ERA over his last seven starts before throwing a no-hitter last Saturday. He is 5-9 this season with a 4.26 ERA and 125 strikeouts.

Lincecum, 29, is making $22 million this season and the 43-50 Giants could be looking to dump salaries before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Detroit is 12th in the American League in bullpen ERA.

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The Giants may be hesitant to unload Lincecum, however, as such a trade could have repercussions on the field and in the stands. More from Fox Sports:

The National League West remains winnable, Lincecum (even at 80 percent of his peak) could stabilize the rotation in the second half, and defending champions rarely take themselves apart.

Besides, what happened Saturday night — however unexpected — is certain to galvanize Lincecum’s many supporters in San Francisco. He’s the foremost hipster hero in baseball, a perfect fit for the Bay Area. To trade him now would be very unpopular, and the Giants are reluctant to do anything that might jeopardize the sustainability of sold-out gatherings at AT&T Park.


18 comments
pej evan
pej evan

Lincecum's salary would be more than what the city of Detroit earns in a year. They just filed for bankruptcy.

Dodgerflip
Dodgerflip

Yeah. Timmy is done if giants can't get a bat then trade him

GeraldRosenstingel1
GeraldRosenstingel1

Sure, the NL West remains winnable, but only if the Giants get a bat before the deadline. If they don't they might as well trade him.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Lincecum would make a great closer, 2 inning guy in Detroit and turn the Tigers into instant favorites, The Tigers would have to pay out of their Ying Yang to get Lincecum from the Bay area... It is possible just make the Giants an offer they can't refuse, everyone has one.

Brett_Buck
Brett_Buck

Detroit needs to offer something serious to get Timmy out of SF. Either that, or Sabien goes into witness protection. They will not be willing to part with what it would take.

noodlez
noodlez

BAD MOVE SAN FRAN! BAD MOVE!

silverpen00
silverpen00

Screw that. Timmy, stay in SF. As a starter.

Kalzy
Kalzy

The Reds will ship Chapman and Frazier for the Freak and Sandoval

NYGMENstration
NYGMENstration

@Kalzy leave sports to the men. u go play with ur dolls and tea set. girls dont play baseball.  Tommy Hanks said it best; BALL PLAYERS?!?!?!  I DONT HAVE BASEBALL PLAYERS I HAVE GIRLS. GRANTED THEY PLAY WITH BALLS WELL.


THANKS SWEET HEART. now go back to the kitchen.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

@NYGMENstration@Kalzy"leave sports to the men"

Too bad you're not one of them.

Are you just a complete fool? Ignorant, barely-literate ... you belong in remedial reading/writing. And then maybe graduate out of the 18th century.