LAKELAND, Fla. -- Despite a slew of additions this winter and some strong internal competition in spring training, the Detroit Tigers remain on the lookout for pitching with the belief that a team can never have too much depth in that area.
As such, the Tigers will be among the many teams in attendance when free-agent pitcher Tim Lincecum holds a showcase, general manager Al Avila confirmed to ESPN.com on Saturday.
The showcase, which will likely host a bevvy of talent evaluators from across major league baseball, is expected to take place within the next week in Arizona. The 31-year-old right-hander underwent season-ending hip surgery in September and is reportedly already garnering significant interest from teams across the league.
Lincecum's father, Chris, told CSN Bay Area recently that his son has already received multiple offers and is close to being ready.
“We’re not preparing for a showcase, we’re preparing for a season and his career,” Chris said during an interview on CSN's SportsTalk Live. “The showcase is just a piece of it. Once that’s over, he can go somewhere."
The Tigers have one rotation spot open, and that competition is already shaping out to be a fierce one among top prospects like Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd, as well as Buck Farmer and veteran Shane Greene. There remains one or two spots up for grabs in the bullpen as well, with the likes of Michael Fulmer, Bruce Rondon, Farmer and Greene all under consideration as well.
Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner, was 7-4 last season with a 4.13 ERA in 15 games for the San Francisco Giants.