Giants in talks with Lincecum's agent, still view him as reliever

May 11, 2016

The San Francisco Giants are one of the teams interested in free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum after seeing his recent pitching showcase.

While the Giants have yet to make a formal offer to "The Freak," San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans said the team is actively talking with Lincecum's agent.

"We're in discussions with his (agent) Rick Thurman just to understand their expectations and market and we'll continue that," Evans said Tuesday in an interview with CSN Bay Area. "Whether there is actually a formal offer will really be dictated based on our situation and whether there's a good match given the role that we're looking at."

Evans told "SportsTalk Live" that the Giants are looking at Lincecum as a reliever option, however, Lincecum is seeking an opportunity to be a part of a starting rotation.


"From our standpoint, we see him more as a bullpen help to us. That said, his focus is to probably at least see what options he has in a rotation mindset. But we'll have to see how it plays out. But for us, the bullpen is really our focus."

The Giants said they don't plan on shaking up their rotation, despite the fact that two of their starters, Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, have gotten off to extremely rough starts. Cain is 0-5 with an ERA of 6.69 in seven starts, while Peavy is 1-4 with an 8.47 ERA in the same span.

However, if both Cain and Peavy continue to struggle, it could force the Giants to change their tune on Lincecum.