Whatever trade value Tim Lincecum may have had no doubt soared over the weekend, as he delivered a 148-pitch no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. That said, despite a recent hot streak, Lincecum is 5-9 with a 4.29 ERA on the season.
More importantly, he’s set to be a free agent when 2013 wraps, and the Giants currently sit eight under .500 and 6.5 back in the NL West. So, could Lincecum hit the trade block?
If he does, the Detroit Tigers might be interested in him … as a reliever. That’s according to FOX’s Jon Morosi (via this ESPN Insider article). Remember, Lincecum was invaluable to the Giants in a long-relief role during their World Series run last season, giving them 4.2 scoreless innings in two appearances against Detroit.
The Tigers also don’t really have a long reliever at the moment, with Drew Smyly transitioning to the setup role. Guys like Luke Putkonen and Darin Downs can eat innings, if need be, but Downs have been used more as a mop-up guy than as anyone who can keep the Tigers in a game after a rough start.
This could be a Plan B for the Tigers, should they fail in their quest to upgrade at the back end of the bullpen. And here’s more from Morosi on the topic, plus some info on a couple of other Giants pitchers Detroit might want:
Video: Morosi: Sale or no Sale