AL West Watch: Angels Nearing Deal With Lincecum

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The Rangers attended Tim Lincecum's recent showcase as the former Cy Young winner and World Series champion is trying to come back from hip surgery, having not pitched in the big leagues since June.

But now it appears one of the Rangers' AL West rivals might be bringing in the veteran righty.

Lincecum has plenty of skins on the wall — back-to-back Cy Young awards, two no-hitters, three World Series titles and more, but his effectiveness at this point in his career is a big question. But it's a risk the Angels are wisely willing to take given the fact their rotation is injury riddled and messy.

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Ace Garrett Richards announced that he won't undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL but instead use stem cell treatments, which might not work and could further delay his return some time next season.

"You're looking at a lot of depth that we were counting on this year that is not there," Angels skipper Mike Scioscia told reporters. "You can't get through a whole season with five, and right now we're pretty thin."

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