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Dan Duquette: Tim Lincecum likely to get starting job west of Mississippi River

Free agent Tim Lincecum pitches for scouts Friday in Arizona.
Free agent Tim Lincecum pitches for scouts Friday in Arizona. (Matt York / AP)

The Orioles were represented at free agent Tim Lincecum's pitching showcase Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz., along with about 20 other baseball teams. They've been monitoring teams' interest in the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

The chances of getting "The Freak" to Baltimore, however, are slim.

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"Frankly, I'd be surprised if Lincecum signs on the east side of the Mississippi River," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Sunday on SiriusXM Radio's MLB Network Radio.

Lincecum, 31, who had the labrum in his hip repaired in September, had an ERA of 4.68 from 2012 to 2016 for the San Francisco Giants. The right-hander desires a rotation spot, and Duquette doesn't doubt he'll get one somewhere: "He's going to sign with a club that needs a starter. That's what he wants to do, and I'm confident he's going to get that opportunity."

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The Orioles need another starter, Duquette said, just one of the left-handed variety.

"We don't have a left-handed starter, so that's why we were interested in signing Wandy" Rodriguez, Duquette said, referring to the 37-year-old who joined the team on a minor league contract late last month.

The Orioles are "still looking around for pitching," Duquette said, but with right-hander Yovani Gallardo a couple of weeks away from returning and Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson proving adequate stopgaps, neither Lincecum or, say, Kyle Lohse is probably Baltimore-bound.

"We could really use another veteran starter," he said. "That's why we signed Gallardo, to give us that veteran starter."

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