To follow up Thursday's post on Tim Lincecum's season-ending hip surgery, it seems the San Francisco Giants have not, in fact, ruled out a reunion with the 31-year-old following the 2015 season. Upon news of his surgery, much was surmised yesterday that the Lincecum chapter in San Francisco was likely over, especially given his impending free-agency in the offseason.
However, Giants CEO Larry Baer told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday evening, "I don’t think Timmy is ruling it out, and I don’t think we’re ruling it out." Manager Bruce Bochy added, "My door will always be open for Tim Lincecum. That’s how much I think of him. That’s a decision that’s made on the baseball side, obviously with everybody. I appreciate what he’s done and the time I’ve had to this point with him. It doesn’t mean that won’t continue. I can’t answer that right now."
Lincecum's recovery from surgery is expected to take around five months.
Here are a few other rumors making their way around the league today:
Seattle Mariners: The search for a new GM is underway, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted Thursday that the Mariners plan to interview current Red Sox consultant and former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto. Seattle president Kevin Mather commented last week that while internal options are still being considered, the organization prefers a candidate with prior experience as a general manager.
Wil Myers: The Padres outfielder told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that his label as an "injury-prone" risk due to nagging wrist injuries over the past two seasons has mounted his frustration. Myers played in only 35 games this season before left wrist tendinitis landed him on the disabled list."It’s the worst," said Myers, "I see it on Twitter and I hear it all the time. Everybody is like, 'He’s too injury-prone,' but it’s not like I have a hamstring injury where every time I run, I’m cautious about it. I had a bone spur taken out, and once this heals I won’t have to deal with this injury anymore." Myers began his rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore earlier this week, but Crasnick notes that it's still unclear where Myers will play once he returns to the big league club. Left field is one option if Justin Upton departs via free agency, but Myers could also provide an offensive upgrade over Yonder Alonso at first base. In any event, it's doubtful he will return to his role in center field.
Chris Davis: It will take no small commitment from the Orioles to hold on to the slugger, who will be a free agent at the close of the 2015 season. Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that Davis is "the single biggest reason the Orioles have gained a reputation over the past four years for showering the stands with home runs." Davis' 38 homers this season are good for second-best in MLB. On top of his power, Davis is a solid first baseman and has plenty left in the tank as a 29-year-old. Baltimore stands to lose quite a valuable player if it cannot match the interest Davis is surely bound to attract this winter.