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What if nine teams hadn’t passed on Tim Lincecum in 2006?

Nov 5, 2010, 2:18 PM EST

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Texas general manager Jon Daniels revealed during the World Series that the Rangers planned to take Tim Lincecum with the 12th pick in the 2006 draft, only to see the Giants snatch him up two spots ahead of them.

Of course, while the Rangers’ near-miss with Lincecum is interesting it’s worth noting that nine teams actually did pass on the reigning back-to-back Cy Young winner when he was coming out of the University of Washington.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus wrote a great article today looking back at the nine teams that decided not to draft Lincecum and the impact that decision has had on each team. In most cases passing on Lincecum was obviously a disaster, but for a couple teams it probably wasn’t so bad and for another team the situation is complicated enough that it’s tough to tell. For a whole lot more, check out Goldstein’s lengthy, interesting article.

  1. Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I remember the surprise in particular when Seattle didn’t take him, since he’s from Washington. I think the only guy there who’s head and shoulders above Lincecum is Longoria. But this kinda thing happens every year, and most teams didn’t have him in the top 3 even if they were sure his stature wouldn’t be an issue. Sometimes guys surprise you, and Lincecum is one of those guys.

  2. JBerardi - Nov 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    George Brett and Mike Schmidt were drafted 5th and 6th, respectively, in the 1971 draft… in the [b]second round[/b]. Frank Tanana, Jim Rice and Rick Rhoden are pretty much the only good players drafted in front of them.

    The Good ‘Ol Days? Yeah, not so good, really.

  3. mashoaf - Nov 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    The Seattle Media will never let go of the Mariners drafting Brandon Morrow, from Cal, instead of Tim Lincecum, from UW. Thanks Bavasi for all of your great draft picks and “great” free agent signings of Carlos Silva, Raúl Ibáñez, Richie Sexson, Adrián Beltré, Jarrod Washburn, Scott Spiezio, Rich Aurilia, Carl Everett, Matt Lawton, and Jeff Weaver. Oh yeah don’t forget the wonderful trade of Adam Jones, George Sherrill, and Chris Tillman for Érik Bédard. Thanks for the 100 loss season with the 100 million dollar payroll, “money well spent.”

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