Miami remains interested in free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Lincecum aims for starting job. SFG thinking pen for now. SFG, dodgers, a's, bs. Chisox, nats, o's, marlins, more r coming— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 3, 2016
Although Lincecum has been connected to the Giants over the last few days, the Marlins have been interested in the veteran right-hander since Spring Training started.
The Marlins opened the season with several long-relief options in their bullpen but might be in search of another after making notable roster moves to assist the back end of the bullpen. While Lincecum does have background as a starter, Miami could also have him pitch out of the bullpen, which might prove to be just as valuable.
Lincecum, 31, pitched to a 4.13 ERA and 4.29 FIP over 76.1 innings with San Francisco last season.
While it appears the Marlins have expressed a fair amount of interest in Lincecum, it is unlikely he opts to join the club if he is truly seeking a starting opportunity.
Miami had an open rotation spot after optioning Jarred Cosart to Triple-A, but Justin Nicolino was given an opportunity and has responded to this point. While Lincecum could be in a position to make spot starts as necessary, it is unlikely he joins the starting rotation.
At this point in the season, Lincecum should't prove to be too expensive of a pitching option. As a result, several additional clubs will likely express interest. If any of those teams can assure Lincecum he will be starting immediately, it is unlikely he decides to join the Marlins.