The Giants will receive a chance to bring back Tim Lincecum. But they'll likely face competition.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed in a text message Sunday that his club will have a scout or representative present at Lincecum's pitching showcase -- which, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported, will take place Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz., and may be televised on ESPN. Along with the Giants, the Dodgers, Padres, A's, Cubs, White Sox, Rangers, Astros, Marlins, Nationals and Orioles are expected to attend.
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Lincecum will attempt to prove during his throwing session that he has sufficiently recovered from the left hip injury and subsequent surgery that ended his 2015 season prematurely. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star has spent his entire professional career with the Giants organization since they selected him in the first round (10th overall) of the 2006 Draft. He became eligible for free agency after last season.
The 31-year-old Lincecum, who no-hit the San Diego Padres in 2013 and '14, finished 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts last year, moving his lifetime record to 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA in 269 Major League appearances (261 starts). Lincecum also has excelled in 13 postseason outings (six starts), compiling a 5-2 record with a 2.40 ERA.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.