The Kansas City Royals certainly do not leave any stones unturned in their quest to find potential reclamation projects to help the team. Turns out they can even locate secret locations to watch pitchers work out.
When looking at the list of pitchers available in free agency, Tim Lincecum may be the most intriguing player without a team. His resume is certainly impressive, with two no hitters, four All-Star Games and two Cy Young awards to his credit. However, due to injuries and 4.35 MPH drop in velocity on his fastball, Lincecum has not been the same pitcher in the past four years.
That dropoff in performance aside, Lincecum is still considered to be an interesting pitcher, particularly for a team interested in bringing him in either as a reliever or a reclamation project. Naturally, given the Kansas City Royals success with pitchers like Ryan Madson, Kris Medlen and Joe Blanton, among others, it is reasonable that the front office could have interest in a pitcher like Lincecum.
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The problem is, Lincecum is not exactly ready to pitch in front of scouts. Instead, he has been working out in a secret, undisclosed location. That is, secret to everyone aside from the Royals, who managed to locate his workout before being escorted from that location.
It is great to know that, amongst the 30 teams in baseball, the Royals have the best team of sleuths in the game. Perhaps this is how they have been able to unearth such gems in their various reclamation projects, as well as in signing minor league free agents such as Jose Martinez and Balbino Fuenmayor. No matter where talent may be hiding, the Royals will find it.
It is also interesting to note that the Royals have enough interest in Lincecum where they ferreted out his secret training location. While it had been mentioned that they were looking to add to their bullpen, one would have expected that the Royals would have been considering players that were more under the radar. Lincecum, despite his struggles over the past few years, is still a widely recognizable player, and one that may well attract a great deal of attention from other teams.
The Kansas City Royals are certainly not content to sit back and hope that their pitching depth will be enough. As their dogged pursuit of Tim Lincecum would seemingly indicate, they are still keeping their eyes peeled for potential bargains.