"No way he'll be traded. Do you see how the fans respond to him?'' one person connected to the Giants said.
Lincecum’s struggles have been well documented this season, and it’s unclear if they’re due to mechanical issues or an undisclosed injury. There have been rumors that the team could look to trade or at least shop him this winter, but Heyman believes a move to the bullpen may be more logical for the Giants.
Lincecum has pitched effectively out of the bullpen this postseason, as he wasn’t tabbed as one of the Giants four starting pitchers to be used in the World Series.
It’s been unusual not to see the two-time Cy Young winner on the mound throughout the postseason, but at this point San Francisco expects the 28-year-old to be part of their starting rotation next season.