Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 10/23: Reality of Lincecum Deal, Warriors Have Remade Themselves, Niners to Make Trade?

Reality of Lincecum Deal

So, what’s the market value for a 29-year-old with declining velocity who recorded earned-run averages of 5.18 and 4.37 in 2012 and 2013?

Not $17.5 million a year. Probably about half that, and that’s being liberal.

But the Giants were using a different kind of economics in this deal, which isn’t tied to actual recent performance or cleared-eyed appraisals.

The Giants love to pay their stars, their stars draw fans, their fans fill AT&T Park—even when the Giants aren’t putting together logical rosters–and that’s how the Giants have the cash to over-pay their stars.

Call it TooMuchMoneyBall.

– Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Have Remade Themselves

They can, and will, run. They can, and will, shoot as well as any team in the NBA. They can, and will, play respectable defense.

What the Warriors cannot do, not anymore, is hide in the dense fog of incompetence that defined the franchise for the better part of a generation.

In a little more than one calendar year – in one postseason, really – the Warriors have remade themselves. In 2011-12, they were a losing bunch with a rookie head coach and some young talent. They entered last season as a team hoping to make the playoffs. They enter this season as a fringe championship contender and one of the league’s marquee teams.

– Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area

Niners to Make a Trade?

Well, the 49ers are going to be connected to available receivers until the deadline passes. There have already been rumblings about interest in Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks and Tennessee’s Kenny Britt.

One reason the 49ers are reluctant to move forward on a trade is because Mario Manninghamwill likely soon be activated from the physically unable to perform list and Michael Crabtree is expected back by the end of next month. Though, it still may take Crabtree some time to shake off the rust after tearing his Achilles in May.

This is the second practice week for Manningham, rookie defensive end Tank Carradine and cornerback Eric Wright as they try to transition off of the PUP list. They all must be put on the 53-man roster or be placed on injured reserve by Nov. 5. All three are on pace to be activated by the deadline.

– Bill Williamson, ESPN

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