After being shunned by backyardigan C.C. Sabathia because of grave financial differences this offseason, the San Francisco Giants decided to look elsewhere for help.
They have solidified their pitching staff by inking the original "Big Cactus", Randy Johnson, to a one-year deal, valid only for 2009.
However the Giants still haven't solved ther complications on offense, unless you count the signing of 12-year veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria, who has generated only 22 home runs in his last two seasons, and only 102 RBI in his last 262 games.
The Giants' highest-paid offensive plater last season was CF Aaron Rowand—at the risk of making a grand understatement—faltered in his first season in San Fran. When compared to his 2007 campaign with the Phillies, Rowand suffered drawbacks in every offensive statistical category including: hits, slugging percentage, batting percentage, and RBI.
The only stat that did heighten was his number of strikeouts, spiking up seven from 119 in 2007 to 126 in 2008.
A more puzzling stat: Third-year left fielding prospect Fred Lewis, a peer of Rowand in the outfield, had more three-hit games in the first 25 games of the season (three) than Rowand all year long (two). Lewis finished the year with 9 three-hit games despite playing in 19 fewer games than Aaron Rowand.
Though he did have a solid year fielding the ball, posting a higher total of assists than errors (6-4), its not exactly what the Giants envisioned when they elected to shell out $50 million towards him in last offseason: a one-sided defender with declining bat speed and offensive coordination.
Fans by the bay are hungry urging for any sheer morsel of personality from the Giants' organization.
Manny Ramirez's appearance alone in left field would produce rays of excitement, and deliver zest to a stagnant and destitute lineup that finished 29th in runs and slugging percentage a year ago. It would also revive a once raucous fan-base that is torn between the past franchise player (The Home Run King) and the present (2008 NL Cy Young Winner Tim Lincecum).
If nothing else, the Giants could use the 36-year old Ramirez as a glorified publicity stunt.
However over the last six years, Manny has been nothing short of iconoclastic; narrating his departure from Beantown, now flexing his stature on the market, and possibly directing his next dismemberment from Los Angeles. If Ramirez does decide to sign with the Giants the dreadlocked-dynamo would be an instant favorite with the fans, and the greatest player to grace the SFO's field since Barry Bonds patrolled the green from 1993-2007.
Imagining the hokum and the collaboration of amphigory antics between Ramirez and Giants' mascot Lou Seal on a nightly basis is enough to distort and salvage even the most forgettable situations, such as a dismal outing by a pitcher or an inopportune error.
Besides the unmistakable aurora that Manny brings, he also lugs around an iron-clad bat, which propelled the Dodgers atop the NL West, and riding a wave of unfathomable joy into the postseason.
How fitting would it be if San Francisco wrestled away Manny from the Dodgers after L.A. hand-picked former Giants products from SFO's personnel garden, including: GM Ned Colleti, 2B Jeff Kent, SP Brett Tomko, CF Kenny Lofton, and 3B Bill Mueller.
Though the Giants may have failed in their courtship of C.C. Sabathia, they established the fact they're willing to spend, offering around $90 million to the former AL Cy Young Winner. Manny's agent Scott Boras, is seeking a 5-year deal worth around $90 million, similar to what the Giants' gave Barry Bonds in 2002.
If Ramirez decides to sign with the Giants, he will not only revitalize a terrible offense, but perhaps an entire city—the same way #25 did.
Plus, it would be the perfect way to stick it to the Dodgers.
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