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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: KEEP AN EYE ON TIM LINCECUM AS POSSIBLE TEXAS CLOSER

Ordinarily the signing of a veteran pitcher who logged a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts a year ago would not resonate one iota in terms of the fantasy baseball community but that can never be the case when that individual if former two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.  While it seems eons ago when Linceum was mowing down hitters and racking up 250 K's, he has become nothing but a fringe MLB pitcher over the last few years as his arm looked completely shot after some massive (criminal?) workloads at some very young ages with the San Francisco Giants.  Having stupidly not iced his arm after his starts during this time period, Lincecum was his own worst enemy when it came to his early decline.  However his signing the other day with the Texas Rangers is at least mildly intriguing based on the fact the team is currently planning to trot out soft-tossing Alex Claudio as the closer and anyone who even pays remote attention to fantasy baseball realize there likely will be a short shelf life there.  That is why Lincecum is someone worth adding in deep fantasy baseball leagues given the fact his fastball reportedly gained some new life due to an intense winter workout regime and sliding him into the closer role at some point could be the answer here in terms of him extending his career.  We have seen endless power-armed pitchers struggle as a starter and then excel in the bullpen over the years and Lincecum may just be the next in line there.  The probability of this succeeding or even happening at this point is very low but there at least is the possibility.  A proactive strike is not the worst idea in the world as the payoff could be significant.  


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