Tim Lincecum to the Padres?

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Jul 6, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Fans cheer San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) after he comes out of the game during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 6, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Fans cheer San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) after he comes out of the game during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tim Lincecum has spent his entire nine year big league career with the San Francisco Giants, but it appears that his time in the Bay Area will come to an end soon.

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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Padres are among the teams interested in Lincecum’s services.

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Nearly every team has shown interest in Lincecum and at least 20 teams have requested medical information from him, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Padres are among the teams requesting that information.

In 269 career games (261 starts), Lincecum is 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA and 1,704 strikeouts. He also is a four-time All-Star (2008-2011), two-time NL Cy Young winner (2008-2009) and a three-time World Series champion (2010, 2012, 2014). He also led the league in strikeouts three times (2008-2010) and has two career no-hitters, both of which came against the Padres. He became the first pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team in consecutive seasons. He was drafted 10th overall by the Giants in 2006 out of the University of Washington.

These past four seasons he has not been the same pitcher though, going 39-42 with an ERA of over 4.00 in each of those seasons. He was limited to only 76 1/3 innings and had his season end in September due to a torn labrum in his hip.

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The Padres were 20th in the majors with a 4.09 ERA. Tyson Ross was their best starter with a 10-12 record and a 3.26 ERA. James Shields went 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA. If the money is right, the 31-year old Lincecum would be a nice addition and could even be a good bullpen candidate. Even with his best days behind him, he could help this Padres staff improve. He may also help the team’s attendance at Petco Park. Last season was the first time since 2007, they averaged 30,000 fans or more.

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