Tim Lincecum Playing In M’s Favor

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Aug 11, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher

Felix Hernandez

(34) is greeted in the dugout by pitching coach

Carl Willis

after the 8th inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Right now the Mariners arguably have one of the best 1-2 punch pitching rotations with King Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. However, as has been harped on incessantly since around April 10th (I’m just throwing a random date out there), the Mariners need more rotation depth.

Yes, people keep pipe-dream hoping that Tim Lincecum, the Bellevue, Wash. native would be signed by the Mariners. That was great blog banter, fun for sport and recreational arguments.

But now it could very well be a reality. And the whole situation nicely lends itself to giving the M’s a real shot at the Freak.

Today it was made known by the San Francisco Giants organization that Timmy is planning on declining their qualifying offer in hopes of first testing the free agent waters. Now, there is no big surprise there. Kendrys Morales of the M’s is expected to do the same thing. Because with the offer on the table, what reason is there to not even sneak a peek at that grass on the other side?

What’s more with Lincecum though, is that he is reportedly looking for a short-term deal as opposed to something more substantial.