Bay Area Buzz 11/29: Josh Donaldson, Warriors Win, Trent Baalke

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Josh Donaldson

What? Huh? Wait? Yes, Billy Beane has done it again. Another All Star has been sent packing from the Oakland A’s, according to multiple sources. This time it was the Bringer of Rain, Josh Donaldson. Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays for an array of players, including probable replacement at third base, Brett Lawrie, pitchers Sean Nolin and #10 Jays prospect Kendall Graveman, as well as minor league shortstop, and #5 Jays prospect Franklin Barreto.

It was a shocking trade for both teams according to MLB writers, as both Donaldson and Lawrie were seen as “untouchables”, but as the elevator scene in Kevin Costner’s movie of the same name shows, everyone is “touchable” if dealt with the proper circumstances.

The A’s, after back-to-back quick exits in the postseason, are surely looking re-build, as well as boost their minor league system, as they’ve rid themselves of key prospects like Addision Russell, and so on.

Nick Avila, Swingin’ A’s

Warriors Win

Despite an off night from the Splash Brothers, the Warriors eked out a 106-101 victory over the Hornets on Friday night for their eighth victory in a row.

Marreese Speights was the unlikely hero again, scoring a team-high 27 points in 24 minutes on 12-of-20 shooting. The Warriors were trailing 80-74 heading into the fourth quarter, but Speights scored 16 straight points to start the quarter for the Warriors, giving them a 90-88 lead with 4:54 to play. Speights nailed jump shot after jump shot to bridge the gap along with a few layups inside.

A transition three-pointer by Klay Thompson gave Golden State some breathing room at 93-88, and they were able to close the game out in the waning minutes.

Stephen Curry shot just 1-of-10 from three-point range, but still managed 26 points, 12 of which came in the fourth on layups and free throws. Thompson also struggled, putting in 17 points but on 7-of-22 shooting.

Eric He, Blue Man Hoop

Trent Baalke

Niners general manager Trent Baalke released a statement today after his college-aged daughter, Cass, criticized offensive coordinator Greg Roman via Twitter following a 19-3 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night.

“My daughter and I both regret that her feelings got the best of her after last night’s game and she chose social media as an avenue to express her feelings,” Baalke said. “We have apologized to Greg for this unfortunate matter. While disappointed, as a father I will use this as a teachable moment to help my daughter grow.”

After the 49ers had a season-low 164 yards on Thursday, Cass Baalke wrote: “Greg Roman can take a hike … the 49ers don’t want you no more.”

Her Twitter account has since been deleted.

Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle