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Rangers Sign Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner Tim Lincecum

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to a major league contract with free-agent pitcher Tim Lincecum.

Lincecum, 33, was also reportedly drawing interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, he decided to sign with the Rangers in the end.

Although he has been a starting pitcher for the majority of his career, Lincecum’s role with the Rangers will probably be in the bullpen. In fact, there is even a chance that he ends up being the Rangers’ closer this season. As spring training continues, the team still does not have a definitive closer.

Lincecum did not pitch at all during the 2017 season. He was with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016 and had a very rough year. Lincecum went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts for the Angels.

At the beginning of his career, Lincecum was one of the top pitchers in baseball. He won back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009 while with the San Francisco Giants. He started struggling during the 2012 season and never really got his dominance back. However, Lincecum did end up throwing two no-hitters during his tenure with the Giants. He pitched one against the San Diego Padres in 2013 and one against them again in 2014.

It will be interesting to see if Lincecum can reinvent himself with the Rangers. His career as a starter is basically over, but he still has the potential to be a valuable asset out of the bullpen. Who knows? Maybe “The Freak” will surprise us this season.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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