The Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a deal to sign two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, a free agent trying to come back from hip surgery, according to multiple reports.
Lincecum tossed 41 pitches on May 6 for about three dozen scouts representing nearly every major league club in Scottsdale, Arizona, the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. That’s the only team the 31-year-old right-hander has ever pitched for.
Lincecum won the NL Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009 and made four All-Star Game appearances. He helped the Giants win three World Series titles in five years and had a pair of no-hitters against San Diego during an 11-month span between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The Angels have been hard-hit by injuries, with seven players currently on the disabled list. They were forced to trade one of their minor league players last week to acquire a fifth starter to complete the rotation, making it possible Lincecum could become a starter.
Longtime ace Jered Weaver has struggled since going 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his first four starts.
The Angels earned a weekend road sweep at Seattle and are in third place in the AL West, trailing leader Texas by 5 ½ games.
They open the four-game Freeway Series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts last season. He didn’t pitch after June 27 due to degenerative issues with his hips. He had surgery on Sept. 3 and didn’t sign with a team after concluding a $35 million, two-year deal last season.