https://www.rangersedges.com/texas-rangers/darwin-barney-jersey It stood to reasonthat the right-hander, a former first-round pick for the Giantswho was instrumental inSan Francisco's World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014, would use his return to the majors as a shot to get back into the playoffs again this season.The Angels, um, probably aren't going to the playoffs this season.MORE: Every MLB team's biggest draft regretsMike Trout's team has been devastated by injuries to Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and Andrelton Simmons, and veterans Albert Pujols and Jeff Weaver have performed like they're very much on the wrong side of the hill. They're 16-21 on the season, and even though they swept the Mariners in Seattle this weekend, a ton of things would have to go right for them to make a shorthanded run at October.So why did Lincecum reportedly choose to sign with the Angels?Let's start with this: He's only 31 years old.No, really. Seems like he's older, doesn't it? Lincecum's Cy Young awards happened a Twitter lifetime ago, back in 2008 and 2009.And he hasn't really been prime Lincecum since 2011. His ERA from 2007-11 was 2.98; his ERA from 2012-15 was 4.68. His fastball, which regularly popped into the catcher's mitt at 98 or 99 mph his first couple years in the majors, only occasionally even hit 90 mph in 2015.It feels like he's been old for a really long time, mostly because his hip's been hurting for a really long time. But, again, he's still only 31 years old (he turns 32 on June 15).So if this hip surgery really and truly is Lincecum's personal fountain of youth he told Yahoo!recently that he feels stronger now than he has in years you begin to understand why Lincecum is leaning toward signing with the Angels instead of the Giants or the White Sox, where he could have been a key member of a bullpen on a playoff-bound team.He clearly believes he has a lot of life left in that right arm https://www.rangersedges.com/texas-rangers/shin-soo-choo-jersey of his. The way to prove that is to find a rotation home for the rest of the 2016 season. Remember those Angels we mentioned earlier? Three of those guys Richards, Heaney and Weaver started the season in the rotation. Weaver's still there, but he owns a 6.10 ERA, and Matt Shoemaker (and his 9.12 ERA) is there, too.The Angels need Lincecum. Lincecum needs the opportunity the Angels can offer. He's not a guy looking for one more shot at glory. He's looking to start the second phase of his career.And there's something else to consider, too. Remember how stacked the market was this offseason with high-quality starting pitchers? Eight starting pitchers David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, Wei-Yin Chin, Mike Leake and Ian Kennedy signed long-term deals worth at least $70 million in guaranteed money.By comparison, the 2016 cla s of free agent pitchers is, well, kinda pathetic. Stephen Strasburg was supposed to be the crown jewel, but he re-upped with the Nationals for $175 million, so he's off the market. That leaves guys like Clay Buchholz, Andrew Cashner, Scott Kazmir (if he opts out), James Shields (if he opts out), Rich Hill and Ivan Nova as the cream of the crop.Yeah. Not great.If Lincecum joins the Angels' rotation in mid-Juneand makes 18 to 20 solid starts Jason Grilli Jersey , finds some of his velocity and consistency have returned after the surgery and starts mowing down batters again, he suddenly becomes a pretty desirable commodity on the bleak market. And if that happens, he'll go through this proce s of picking a team again in the offseason, but instead of trying to find the right place to prove himself, he'll be selling his services to the highest bidder.That's why the Angels, of all teams, make a ton of sense. Even though it'll be incredibly strange seeing him wearing something other than a Giants uniform." /> Here's why the Angels make a ton of sense for Tim Lincecum - Laurent Labrosse

Here’s why the Angels make a ton of sense for Tim Lincecum

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Why in the world would Tim Lincecum consider signing with the Angels, of all teams?At first glance, it might not make much sense. As the two-time Cy Young winner has been working his way back from hip surgery, reports of his progre s and his health have been overwhelmingly positive. https://www.rangersedges.com/texas-rangers/darwin-barney-jersey It stood to reasonthat the right-hander, a former first-round pick for the Giantswho was instrumental inSan Francisco’s World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014, would use his return to the majors as a shot to get back into the playoffs again this season.The Angels, um, probably aren’t going to the playoffs this season.MORE: Every MLB team’s biggest draft regretsMike Trout’s team has been devastated by injuries to Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and Andrelton Simmons, and veterans Albert Pujols and Jeff Weaver have performed like they’re very much on the wrong side of the hill. They’re 16-21 on the season, and even though they swept the Mariners in Seattle this weekend, a ton of things would have to go right for them to make a shorthanded run at October.So why did Lincecum reportedly choose to sign with the Angels?Let’s start with this: He’s only 31 years old.No, really. Seems like he’s older, doesn’t it? Lincecum’s Cy Young awards happened a Twitter lifetime ago, back in 2008 and 2009.And he hasn’t really been prime Lincecum since 2011. His ERA from 2007-11 was 2.98; his ERA from 2012-15 was 4.68. His fastball, which regularly popped into the catcher’s mitt at 98 or 99 mph his first couple years in the majors, only occasionally even hit 90 mph in 2015.It feels like he’s been old for a really long time, mostly because his hip’s been hurting for a really long time. But, again, he’s still only 31 years old (he turns 32 on June 15).So if this hip surgery really and truly is Lincecum’s personal fountain of youth he told Yahoo!recently that he feels stronger now than he has in years you begin to understand why Lincecum is leaning toward signing with the Angels instead of the Giants or the White Sox, where he could have been a key member of a bullpen on a playoff-bound team.He clearly believes he has a lot of life left in that right arm https://www.rangersedges.com/texas-rangers/shin-soo-choo-jersey of his. The way to prove that is to find a rotation home for the rest of the 2016 season. Remember those Angels we mentioned earlier? Three of those guys Richards, Heaney and Weaver started the season in the rotation. Weaver’s still there, but he owns a 6.10 ERA, and Matt Shoemaker (and his 9.12 ERA) is there, too.The Angels need Lincecum. Lincecum needs the opportunity the Angels can offer. He’s not a guy looking for one more shot at glory. He’s looking to start the second phase of his career.And there’s something else to consider, too. Remember how stacked the market was this offseason with high-quality starting pitchers? Eight starting pitchers David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, Wei-Yin Chin, Mike Leake and Ian Kennedy signed long-term deals worth at least $70 million in guaranteed money.By comparison, the 2016 cla s of free agent pitchers is, well, kinda pathetic. Stephen Strasburg was supposed to be the crown jewel, but he re-upped with the Nationals for $175 million, so he’s off the market. That leaves guys like Clay Buchholz, Andrew Cashner, Scott Kazmir (if he opts out), James Shields (if he opts out), Rich Hill and Ivan Nova as the cream of the crop.Yeah. Not great.If Lincecum joins the Angels’ rotation in mid-Juneand makes 18 to 20 solid starts Jason Grilli Jersey , finds some of his velocity and consistency have returned after the surgery and starts mowing down batters again, he suddenly becomes a pretty desirable commodity on the bleak market. And if that happens, he’ll go through this proce s of picking a team again in the offseason, but instead of trying to find the right place to prove himself, he’ll be selling his services to the highest bidder.That’s why the Angels, of all teams, make a ton of sense. Even though it’ll be incredibly strange seeing him wearing something other than a Giants uniform.