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Is Lincecum Detroit's answer for a closer?

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07:07 AM ET 07.19 | Pitching a no-hitter hasn't exactly resolved Tim Lincecum's future. [Lincecum] has a limited no-trade list that does not include the Tigers or Red Sox, two teams expected to seek closers before the trade deadline this month. But several baseball executives still see a trade of Lincecum and simultaneous switch of jobs from starter to reliever as unlikely. ... Lincecum pitched brilliantly in relief in the postseason last year, helping the Giants to a second World Series title in three years by going 1-0 with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings and posting a 0.69 ERA in relief. So it isn't altogether surprising that teams might have interest in him as a potential closer. Jon Morosi of Foxsports.com reported the Tigers could be such a team.

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July 19, 2013  08:22 AM ET

This guy has to have something left in the tank, and if he does, the Yankees will be in on it.

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July 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET

over the last couple of seasons even most of this his starts have been mediocre at best last year especially in post season he was great out of the bull pen. Question is would he be satisfied in bull pen or as a closer? Would he do well closing. ? Would Lincecum accept a trade to Detroit? Time will tell.

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July 19, 2013  09:19 AM ET

His problem lately has been the inability to avoid the big inning. He's lights out for a few innings and then gives up a bunch of runs. Not sure how that would play out as a closer.

July 19, 2013  09:24 AM ET

They'll end up settling for Kevin Gregg. lol

July 19, 2013  09:35 AM ET

You don't take a starter in mid season and make him a closer. The warm up routine for a starter is different than that for a reliever.

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July 19, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Smoltz did it in 2001

That's the exception, not the rule.

July 19, 2013  10:10 AM ET

From SF to Detroit? Poor Timmy.

July 19, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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From SF to Detroit? Poor Timmy.

Only for 3 months. He's a FA after the season.

July 19, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Lock him in advance. Don't waste prospects on a FA.

July 19, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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They'll end up settling for Kevin Gregg. lol

He'll end up back in Chicago no matter where he goes. It's inevitable.

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July 19, 2013  11:58 AM ET

Didn't the Tigers just part ways with their closer that was lights out or lit up?

July 19, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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His problem lately has been the inability to avoid the big inning. He's lights out for a few innings and then gives up a bunch of runs. Not sure how that would play out as a closer.

wwj - didn't you used to be williewilliejuanorlando?

July 19, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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You don't take a starter in mid season and make him a closer. The warm up routine for a starter is different than that for a reliever.

It doesn't hurt to try though.

July 19, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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This guy has to have something left in the tank, and if he does, the Yankees will be in on it.

They need hitters.

July 19, 2013  01:33 PM ET

the Tiger closer valverde was lit up quite often toward end of last season and Leyland went to closer by committee This year tiges brought valverde back and for April and part of May he was lights out again. but for whatever reason in mid May he started getting lit up again. Detroit sent him out, and back to committee again. I don't know if Detroit has settled on some one to close yet. I'm sure they are looking for one by trade deadline.

 
July 19, 2013  02:10 PM ET

um, sabean just came out yesterday and said, he isnt going anywhere. next story

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