Miami has expressed interest in adding another starter before the start of Spring Training and is still considering Tim Lincecum, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.
At this point, the Marlins have already upgraded their starting rotation by signing Wei-Yin Chen to a five year contract. Edwin Jackson was also added and will presumably compete for a starting job while also giving the Marlins depth in the bullpen.
Last winter, Miami similarly expressed interest in adding veterans to its rotation. Dan Haren and Mat Latos ended up being the primary two added. Haren had some success while Latos was moved before the non-waiver trade deadline.
If the Marlins truly have a desire to add another arm and allow their prospects to develop, Lincecum could be a good option. At 31, he pitched to a 4.13 ERA over 76.1 innings with the Giants last season but has had a notable amount of success throughout his career.
Returning from an injury, Lincecum might not be in a position to request a major league deal. But if there is a club willing to give him one, he could easily take advantage of that.
Since there are other starters available, the Marlins do not have to exclusively pursue Lincecum. Yovani Gallardo could still be a fit because the first pick the Marlins would lose by signing Gallardo is protected. Alfredo Simon and Cliff Lee are reportedly other alternatives.
Miami, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, does not want its 2016 payroll to exceed $75 million. Adding another starter on a significant major league deal could make that goal unrealistic.
If Lincecum proves he could be the pitcher is was from 2008 through 2011, the Marlins would be wise to add him to their starting rotation. He is likely in a position to accept a minors deal and could join the bullpen if he struggles as a starter with the Marlins.
Miami will not be the only team in attendance when Lincecum throws. If he proves he is healthy and effective, the Marlins should consider adding him.