After wearing No. 55 for his entire major league career, Tim Lincecum will switch to No. 44 with the Texas Rangers in honor of his late older brother.
Sean Lincecum’s funeral was Saturday, which delayed Tim Lincecum from taking the physical needed to finalize his $1 million, one-year contract with the Rangers, which was finalized Wednesday.
Texas anticipates the four-time MLB All-Star will throw bullpen sessions and batting practice before getting into a spring training game.
“I’m not 100 percent what to expect,” Daniels said. “I’m not putting any expectations out there. You are talking about two realities. One, you are talking about one of the best pitchers of this generation. From that standpoint — it’s like what I used to say about Josh Hamilton — nothing would surprise me. On the flip side, he has had some physical ailments, he didn’t pitch last year and he hasn’t pitched in quite a while.”
A three-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Lincecum was 108-83 for the Giants from 2007 to 2015, when he nicknamed The Freak for his long hair and 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. He had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 and made a brief comeback with the Los Angeles Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts.
Lincecum impressed during a tryout for scouts during the offseason.
“I feel like it would be tough to give up the game while I still have the ability to play it,” he said.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Lincecum, the Rangers designated catcher Brett Nicholas for assignment.
Moss is guaranteed $7.25 million this season and a $1 million buyout of his 2019 club option. He was acquired along with left-hander Ryan Buchter for right-handers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer, and the Royals agreed to pay Oakland $3.25 million.
If the 34-year-old Moss signs with another team, a prorated share of the $545,000 minimum would be offset against what he is owed by the A’s, who announced his release Tuesday.
Moss hit .207 with 22 homers and 50 RBIs in 118 games for Kansas City last year and has a .237 average with 160 homers and 473 RBIs in 11 big league seasons with Boston (2007-08), Pittsburgh (2008-10), Philadelphia (2011), Oakland (2012-14), Cleveland (2015), St. Louis (2015-16) and Kansas City (2017).
In his first game at first, Braun was put to test right off the bat. He had to go full extension to keep a wide throw from Jhoulys Chacin from sailing into the stands, and later, he made a nifty grab on a low throw from Hernan Perez.