The winter meetings this past off-season saw the Yankees spend a bundle of dough, the Mets trying to shore up their crappy bullpen, and the San Francisco Giants pretty much settle so far on the Big Unit.
If the season were to start today, Aaron Rowand and Bengie Molina would be the four and five hitters. Not exactly murderers row.
Point is: sign Manny Ramirez already!
With one move, the Giants can make the biggest splash of the off-season, and make themselves the front runner in the mediocre National League West.
Did GM Brian Sabean not see what happened with the Dodgers last season with Manny? Packed stadium, playoffs, fake dreadlocks selling quicker than Barack Obama posters.
New Giants owner William H. Neukom has already mentioned that he is not afraid to spend the money. So what's the problem? Three things:
One, Ramirez 's agent Scott Boras has a way of overpricing his clients, and usually asks for more than the market value. Currently he's trying to get Manny a four to five year deal, securing Manny's last big money deal.
Two, the Giants claim that they are pretty much set. Can't complain about the the starting rotation, got a solid closer, and the middle relief is not that bad. Offensively, are you kidding me? I don't see anybody hitting 20-plus homers in the present lineup.
Finally the third, is that the Giants want to build through the farm system. That's all fine and dandy, but why make a push for Manny? Especially with Buster Posey making a splash in the minors, calling him up to pair with Manny, Rowand, and Molina down in the order, plus the speed at the top of the lineup, this season can be special.
The risk is worth the reward in nailing Manny, at any cost. Give him what he wants, and we're back in the playoffs.
How sweet would it be to steal one of the games elite players from a rival like the Dodgers?
San Francisco Giants, what are you waiting for?