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MLB rumors: Tim Lincecum, Texas Rangers agree to deal, per report

Tim Lincecum and the Rangers have reportedly agreed on a one year major league deal

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MLB Rumors: Tim Lincecum to the Texas Rangers or Los Angeles Dodgers could be coming shortly, according to Jon Heyman, who says that Lincecum is likely to decide in the next day or two. Heyman lists the Rangers and Dodgers as teams who have expressed a “very strong interest” in Lincecum, and says they are willing to give him a major league deal.

Lincecum had a showcase earlier this month that the Rangers and Dodgers, among other teams, attended. The Rangers apparently saw enough to want to sign Lincecum, who was a two-time Cy Young Award winner for the San Francisco Giants in 2008-09, but who has been sub-par since the 2012 season. Lincecum missed all of 2017, but has been striving to make a comeback while working with the folks at Driveline Baseball.

It remains to be seen if Lincecum would get a guaranteed major league deal from one of these teams, or if, like Jesse Chavez, it would be a non-guaranteed deal. I’m also not sure whether he’d be considered for a rotation or a bullpen role. If the Rangers did sign Lincecum to a major league deal, the team would have to clear a spot on the 40 man roster for him.

UPDATEEvan Grant says the Rangers’ interest in Lincecum is as a reliever. He may be someone that they would be evaluating as a possible multi-inning guy, much like Chavez, and barring an injury, it would seem that he and Chavez are vying for one spot, with Chavez having an advantage if he ends up claiming a rotation spot because either Matt Bush or Mike Minor don’t stick as starters.

UPDATE IIJeff Passan says the Rangers and Lincecum are “deep into talks” on a one year major league deal, and its expected a deal is done soon. Interestingly, Passan suggests that Lincecum could end up as the Rangers’ closer — the job that Seung-Hwan Oh was expected to have, when it appeared he was signing with the Rangers. Other candidates to close include Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Alex Claudio.

UPDATE IIIEvan Grant says an agreement in principle is in place between the Rangers and Lincecum.