The Rangers have officially signed former back-to-back Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum to a one-year major league deal, the team announced Wednesday.
Lincecum, who has made just eight relief appearances in his 10-year big league career, will join the Rangers bullpen with a good shot at the up-in-the-air closer role, according to reports.
"They see that," Lincecum told the Star-Telegram. "I feel like I could do that. I've done that in the Cape and at the college level. It's going to be, obviously, different, but I feel like I could tap into that mentality."
The Rangers’ possible signing of Lincecum was reported last week, but the deal was delayed due to a death in the family. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lincecum’s brother, Sean, passed away last month at age 37.
Lincecum will wear No. 44 with the Rangers.
“In honor of my brother,” Lincecum told the Chronicle Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz. “That was his number. Either 12 or 44. Twelve was taken. So it’s 44.”
No. 12, of course, belongs to Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor.
“The Freak,” as he’s called, was the first player in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award in each of his first two full seasons. He won three World Series (2010, 2012, 2014) with the Giants, with the second coming against the Rangers.
His last big league win was also against Texas on July 19, 2016.
Lincecum’s hopeful return comes after he missed the entire 2017 season. He had a dismal 2016 season with the Angels after a nine-year stint with San Francisco. In 2015, he was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition.