Reports: Tim Lincecum to sign with Rangers

Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum agreed to a contract with the Texas Rangers.

According to multiple reports, Lincecum will join the Rangers on a one-year deal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Lincecum could be the favorite to become the team's closer.

Lincecum was deciding between two or three teams, per the report, including the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right-hander impressed at a showcase earlier this month, with his fastball reportedly clocking between 90-92 mph after he averaged 88.4 mph on his heater with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. About 20 scouts representing approximately 15 teams reportedly were on hand for the event. Lincecum threw about 25 pitches out of the windup in the 10-minute session.

Lincecum didn't pitch professionally in 2017 after a disastrous run with the Angels in 2016. The 33-year-old was cut by the Halos after going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts, walking 23, serving up 11 home runs and striking out 32 in 38 1/3 innings.

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San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum, the eventual winning pitcher, throws against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in San Francisco, California, July 26, 2007. REUTERS/Dino Vournas (UNITED STATES)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum smiles during a news conference after being named the National League baseball's Cy Young Award winner in San Francisco, California November 11, 2008. Lincecum compiled an 18-5 record in the 2008 season. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
National League starting pitcher Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch in the first inning against the American League All Stars during Major League Baseball's All-Star game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum smiles during a news conference after winning the MLB National League Cy Young Award for the second consecutive year, in San Francisco, California November 19, 2009. Lincecum claimed the National League Cy Young Award for the second successive year Thursday, winning in a close vote over Cardinals starters Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning during a MLB spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Arizona March 26, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum smiles during a news conference before practice for the NLCS MLB baseball series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco, October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Ezra Shaw/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning during Game 5 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington, Texas, November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum concentrates in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco, October 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants players carry pitcher Tim Lincecum (C) on their shoulders as they celebrate defeating the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington, Texas, November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Sharp (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum looks out from the dugout during the ninth inning of their National League MLB baseball game against the San Diego Padres April 5, 2011 in San Diego. The Padres won 3-1. REUTERS/Denis Poroy (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
2010 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum leaves the East Room of the White House in Washington, after being honored by U.S. President Barack Obama July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SPORT)
San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch on Opening Day during their MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, Arizona, April 6, 2012. REUTERS/Darryl Webb (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Feb 23, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) poses for a photo during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches during the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) walks off the field at the end of the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Lincecum was one of baseball's best pitchers in his early years with the San Francisco Giants. He won back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards in 2008 and '09, led the league in strikeouts each year from '08-'10 and was named an All-Star four times in his first five seasons before his performance began to decline in 2012.

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