Last weekend, Giants GM Bobby Evans was in Boston for a Theo Epstein charity event.
He told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he "doesn’t anticipate a Lincecum return" to the Giants.
"It's just really a hard thing for all of us to digest him walking out and putting on another uni (uniform)," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow told KNBR 680 on Friday morning. "But the reality of the game is, the rotiation has moved on and he's no longer a part of it."
Cafardo's story does say that Lincecum could be considered for a bullpen role.
But Krukow doesn't see that happening.
"Even if he came back to the organization it would be in that X-factor position in the bullpen ... but he doesn't want to do that," Krukow explained. "I wish the guy nothing but the best."
Lincecum has been a fan favorite in San Francisco since the day he made his big league debut on May 6, 2007.
"His impact on our organization has just been remarkable," Krukow said. "And oftentimes you watch a young kid, who's humble, and they come up to the big leagues and they blossom and mature; a lot of times they change with the success that he's had.
"Not many guys have had the success that he's had with starting playoff games and World Series games and All-Star games, and been a two-time Cy (Young award winner). But it's never changed him and he's as humble a person as he was the first day he walked into Mike Murphy's clubhouse...
"He's just one of our all-time favorites ... it's gonna be hard for us when he puts on another uniform."
Lincecum is expected to hold a showcase for teams sometime this month.
Giants pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale for spring training on Feb. 17, with the first workout taking place the following day.