The Detroit Tigers have interest in acquiring San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum as a reliever, reports FoxSports.com.
Lincecum has won two Cy Young Awards and two World Series rings. Now he has a no-hitter in which he threw a career-high 148 pitches, second most thrown in a no-hitter since Edwin Jackson threw 149 pitches in 2010.
Lincecum, 29, pitched his first no-hitter Saturday night against the San Diego Padres in a 9-0 win. He is 5-9 this season with a 4.26 ERA and 125 strikeouts.
The Giants may not become sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, even with a 43-50 record.
Still, even a no-hitter didn’t change one fundamental dynamic of Lincecum’s baseball career: He’s earning $22 million this season, and no team is likely to pay him that much in annual salary once he becomes a free agent after this year. The Giants, for their part, need to see more consistency from Lincecum in the second half before giving serious thought to having him in their 2014 rotation. The bullpen might be his best role in the future, but that conversation quite obviously has been tabled until a later date.
Saturday’s game didn’t prove that Lincecum is all the way back. It did, however, show that he has something to offer the Giants — or perhaps someone else.
The Tigers are 12th in the AMerican League in bullpen ERA.