Former San Francisco Giants pitching star Tim Lincecum is nearing a deal that would send him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Heyman believes the deal could happen as soon as Monday.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms the strong mutual interest and tweeted that the two sides are “closing in” on a major league deal.
The White Sox and Giants are now out of the mix.
The 31-year-old righty had season-ending hip surgery in Sept. 2015 and spent the offseason recovering from the procedure.
In May, Lincecum held a showcase for teams in Scottsdale, where he topped the radar gun at around 91 miles per hour and displayed “a slider that looked above-average at times, a ‘generally average’ curveball and a more inconsistent slider,” according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
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The Giants were said to be interested in Lincecum but only as a reliever, at least at first. But Lincecum reiterated his desire to start in the big leagues.
Lincecum’s last good season was in 2011, when he went 13-14, with a 2.74 ERA, and 220 strikeouts in 217 innings pitched.
Lincecum was also a strong postseason pitcher, particularly in 2010 and 2012. As both a starter and reliever in the playoffs, he combined for a 2.40 ERA in 13 games pitched.
Perhaps his best postseason start was in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. He pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 14 in a 1-0 win.
Lincecum has thrown two no-hitters in his career, including two against the San Diego Padres–once in 2013 and once in 2014.
Lincecum also won two Cy-Young awards (2008-2009).