After allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings on Saturday night, Lincecum was designated for assignment by the Angels on Sunday afternoon.
Today the #Angels recalled RHP Jose Valdez from Salt Lake and designated RHP Tim Lincecum for assignment.— Angels (@Angels) August 6, 2016
The Halos now have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Lincecum. In most cases, these lead to the player being released, though given Lincecum's track record, I suppose a team could look to acquire him on the cheap via trade.
Lincecum, now 32, pitched to a 9.16 ERA (44 ERA+) with a 2.37 WHIP in nine starts and 38 1/3 innings for the Angels after signing a one-year contract worth $2.5 million back in May. He allowed one run in six innings in his first start with the Halos, but has allowed 40 runs in 32 1/3 innings since.
Lincecum had surgery late last year to repair a torn labrum in his hip, which comes with a lengthy rehab. He worked out for teams in April and May before signing with the Angels. The fact he pushed his workouts back several times before actually throwing for clubs was a bit of a red flag, I thought.
At this point it's hard to believe Lincecum has any future in the big leagues as a starting pitcher. He has a 4.94 ERA (72 ERA+) in 654 innings since 2012, so this is not a small sample size. This is who Lincecum is now.
I imagine a club will be willing to try Lincecum as a reliever at some point, hoping he could regain some effectiveness while pitching in short bursts and only having to go through the lineup one time.