In the past 24 hours, two notable MLB writers have lobbed out the possibility of the Giants trading Tim Lincecum.
Hey! Stop screaming. Seriously, let's talk about this.
First there was Dave Cameron, the writing brains behind FanGraphs, who asked "Can the Giants Improve by Trading Tim Lincecum?"
Cameron's premise is pretty simple: there's an absolute dearth of starting pitching on the free-agent market (C.J. Wilson is the top starter available) and if the Giants played to the market by making Lincecum available, they could potentially land a haul of talented, young, cost-effective talent from a team with a big payroll like the Yankees, Red Sox or Rangers.
Additionally, if the Giants moved Lincecum for cheaper players, it would clear up a chunk of payroll that would allow them to pursue a player like Carlos Beltran in free agency.
"Lincecum’s clearly one of the best pitchers in baseball, and subtracting him from their roster would make their rotation a lot worse," Cameron writes. "How...