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Are Atlanta Braves Interested in Trading for Tim Lincecum?

July 16th, 2013 at 6:19 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves are looking to deal for a veteran reliever, and there are several teams interested in trading for San Francisco Giants' starting pitcher Tim Lincecum to use as a reliever, Jon Paul Morosi writes.

The Braves could be a good fit, noting injuries to Cristhian Martinez, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty.

Obviously, the Lincecum-as-a-reliever conversation is further complicated by the no-hitter he threw on Saturday. It's also complicated by his $22 million salary this season, which any team would be hesitant to pay.

It's even further complicated by the fact that it would be an unpopular move in the city where Lincecum has won two World Series and two Cy Young awards.

Add that to the fact that even seven games under .500, the season isn't necessarily lost for the Giants, as the National League West is still pretty much up for grabs.

Still, Lincecum's ERA combined for the last two seasons is 4.82, a far cry from his once dominant days. But he's only 29. Let's also not forget that Lincecum gave up just one run in 13 innings of relief work for the Giants in last year's playoffs during their World Series run. In his lone postseason start, he gave up four runs in 4 2/3 in a loss in the National League Championship Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

So far, at least the Detroit Tigers are interested, but it wouldn't be farfetched if the Braves gave San Francisco a call to see if the Freak could provide some bullpen assistance.

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, MLB, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum

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