Lincecum will stay in the state of California after spending his first nine seasons in the league with the San Francisco Giants. The pitcher, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since last June, was reportedly considering the Giants, as well as the Chicago White Sox, as final options.
The Angels seem to be the perfect fit for another hurler, as they are lacking quality in their rotation due to injuries. They lost Garrett Richards to a torn ligament in his elbow, Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John Surgery, and C.J. Wilson to an elbow injury, while closer Huston Street is also on the disabled list.
Jered Weaver has been asked to run the rotation nearly by himself, but he has struggled since starting 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his first four starts.
Lincecum did undergo hip surgery in September, but that was an injury he dealt with all last season. He was still able to go 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts, before becoming a free agent at the end of last season following the injury. He does have two career no-hitters, both against the San Diego Padres, in 2013 and 2014.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound pitcher is hoping to regain his form with a new team, but many MLB experts do not see him having a big impact for the Angels. That adds to the pressure for Lincecum to perform and prove those doubters wrong.