It's been a rough year for the Angels. Outside of having the next Mickey Mantle signed to a reasonable, long term contract they don't have much going for them. The Albert Pujols contract is getting worse by the year, Garret Richards might need Tommy John surgery, oh and the team is still paying Josh Hamilton's contract.
All of this has led to a 31-38 record, which is good for fourth place in the AL West. Lincecum is the type of low risk, high reward signing the team should be making. At this point the best case scenario is that the 32-year-old has a couple of good months before flipping him at the trade deadline to replenish a weak farm system.
Lincecum's Angels career got off to a good start Saturday afternoon. He picked up the win against Oakland by firing six innings of one run ball while giving up four hits and two walks. Although he only struck out two batters the 5'11" right-hander had the same violent delivery that made him "The Freak" and one of the most fun players to root for in his prime. Lincecum is most known for winning back to back Cy Young awards in just his second and third full seasons (2008, 2009).