Under the radar free agents the New York Yankees should capitalize on

Jul 19, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) warms up prior to the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent #3: Tim Lincecum

Hold on Yankee fans, before you snap your computer screen in half, just hear me out for a second. Tim Lincecum had a horrific few starts with the Los Angeles Angels, but the Yankees should still give him a shot.

After posting a 9.16 ERA in nine starts with the Angels, many teams are not looking to acquire the former Cy Young award winner. However, the Yankees should at least give “The Freak” an invite to Spring Training and give him an opportunity to earn a rotation spot.

What really hurt Lincecum in the 2016 season was signing so late, causing him to miss a full Spring Training to help get back in the baseball mode and regain a feel for his stuff. He was just thrown into the Angels rotation after just a few minor league outings, which must have been tough.

The Yankees are in the market for starting pitching and it couldn’t hurt at all to at least give the two-time Cy Young award winner an invite to Spring Training and see if he can rediscover his magic for a very low risk and a potential very high reward.


  1. OMG are you kidding me? The Yankees have 4 young and talented arms competing for 2 spots. They have another half-a-dozen upper echelon prospects that are a year or two away. In my opinion, the signings you suggest would only get in the way of progress.

  2. As a big Lincecum fan, I am so happy to read your mention of him. I agree – he didn’t get enough rigorous training for the 2016 season, and melted down way too early too often. I wish he would accept a bullpen role SOMEWHERE and work it from there – he could be a great fit for any team that is willing to take a chance on him!