San Francisco Giants: Could Tim Lincecum Fill A Reliever Role?

By Ryan Gaydos
Tim Lincecum
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The San Francisco Giants are not performing like defending World Series champions. The Giants sit in fourth place in an ever-so-tough National League West division. Just a few days ago, the Giants got a dynamic performance from Tim Lincecum as he tossed a no-hitter and it seems like the Giants could turn the season around and possibly become a contender.

However, Lincecum’s pitching has opened the eyes of some teams even if they do not agree with Lincecum’s role. The Detroit Tigers are among other teams that need bullpen help and are seeking the Giants’ Lincecum in a trade. The Tigers do have Joaquin Benoit and even tried the Jose-Valverde experiment again this season and even though Benoit is performing well as of late, the Tigers are still looking for some reassurance.

The Tigers see Lincecum as a possible back-of-the-bullpen guy. Detroit could also use Lincecum as an important relief pitcher in tight situations. There is a snag in the Tigers or any other team trying to acquire him though.

The Giants lost out on the sweepstakes to acquire Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins to start the month. San Francisco would want a starting pitcher from any team in a potential deal for Linececum.

The former back-to-back National League Cy Young award winner has started 19 games this season for the Giants. He is 5-9 this season with a 4.26 ERA, which is better than last season so far and a 9.7 K/BB. With Lincecum looking better than last season, San Francisco could keep him just in case his no-hitter sparks something for the team.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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