To be completely honest, I have been thinking about whether I should write this article for awhile now. The chances of Tim Lincecum signing with the Red Sox are slim, to none. However, in my personal opinion, this would be a fantastic move for not only the Boston Red Sox, but Tim Lincecum himself.
To put it blunt, Lincecum was a stud. The Freak, as he came to be known, is a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, as well as a four-time NL All-Star. In 9 years at the major league level, Lincecum has amassed 1704 strikeouts, a 3.61 ERA, and multiple championship rings.
Unfortunately, the now 32-year-old has had a rough past couple of seasons. He has been riddled with injuries and has show a recent decline in velocity. If Lincecum wants a shot at making a big league roster, he will need to show scouts that he is completely healthy and revitalized for the start of the 2016 season.
Shut down midway through last season, Lincecum posted a 4.13 ERA over 15 starts with a 7-4 record.
However, at least 20 clubs, most notably the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres, have requested medical evaluations from his agent, Rick Thurman, after it became known that the San Francisco Giants have little interest in re-signing Lincecum.
Now, why would he be linked to the Red Sox, Pete?
Well, thank you for asking!
Boston's rotation took a major leap forward after acquiring ace David Price to a record seven-year, $217 million deal. However, after Price, this rotation is spotty, at best. Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez can be dominant at times, but lack consistency, durability and, in some cases, a clear head.
While Lincecum is not the same pitcher that he was in 2008 or 2009, there is no denying that he would help this Boston rotation. I am not suggesting that they dump E-Rod into Triple-A to sign this guy, but if this team has championship aspirations, then they are going to need a guy that can provide some veteran leadership to a very young rotation. If the Red Sox can swing a low-risk, high-reward type of deal, who wouldn't want this guy as their #5 starter?
Will the Red Sox do it? Probably not. Should they? Hell yeah.
By Pete Packowski