The Chicago Cubs are off to a great start to the young campaign and have received solid starts from all five of their rotation arms. Right-hander Jason Hammel pitched a quality start yesterday and N.L. Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta takes the mound tonight. But are the Cubs looking to add more?
Everybody loves a good comeback story. A player who was once at the top of the mountain, only to sustain some sort of injury that sends their career downhill. While their former team(s) moved on, another gives that said, individual, an opportunity to climb that ladder all over again.
For two-time National League Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, that’s exactly what he’s looking to do. The slim powerful right-hander who was nicknamed ‘The Freak’, was one of the most feared pitchers in professional baseball from 2008 up until 2011.
His earned run average around that time frame flexed between 2.62 until it reached a career-worst of 5.18 at the end of the 2012 campaign. And still, the San Francisco Giants found themselves winning their second World Series since 2010.
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San Francisco would go on to winning their third in 2014 after Travis Ishikawa launched a walk-off homer against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, setting the match-up with the Kansas City Royals.
But while winning a third title is nice, Lincecum was shut down last season when it was revealed that he had a degenerative condition in his hips that later required surgery. Both sides later parted ways, ending the Lincecum Era in San Francisco, but he is prepared to get himself back on track.
Who knows, a return to the team where he made himself a household name is a possibility.
Now where do the Chicago Cubs come into play? Well, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the North Siders will have a scout on hand to watch Lincecum’s workout that is scheduled for this Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also, roughly 19 or 20 representatives from other teams will be there as well.
If the Cubs do, however, manage to sign him to a deal, he’ll more than likely end up with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for a while. Just to get him back into a rhythm. Giants skipper Bruce Bochy has used him as a reliever before, so that’s great news for Joe Maddon. He currently has Clayton Richard, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill and Adam Warren in the bullpen.
All four are available to make spot starts when needed. Will Lincecum be one of those arms to choose from in the future?