ANAHEIM - The Angels are nearing a deal with former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, who could provide help for their beleaguered rotation.
The Angels have not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo!, and then by other national outlets.
Lincecum, who had hip surgery last year, would almost certainly need to pass a physical before the deal could be finalized.
The Angels were among the teams that scouted Lincecum at a workout May 6 in Arizona.
Lincecum, 31, posted a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts with the Giants last year before the hip injury ended his season.
Over the past four years, Lincecum has a 4.68 ERA, failing to recapture the form that made him one of baseball's best pitchers earlier in his career. From 2007-11, Lincecum was a two-time Cy Young winner and a four-time All-Star. He posted a 2.98 ERA over those seasons, including leading the Giants to the 2010 World Series title. He played lesser roles on their 2012 and 2014 championship teams.
Lincecum would presumably work out at the Angels spring training facility in Arizona immediately after he signs, and then report to Triple-A Salt Lake City.
The Angels rotation is down four pitchers from the start of spring training, with Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and C.J. Wilson all hurt. Richards is likely out for the year, to undergo Tommy John surgery. The other three all could return sometime this summer.
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