This move will give the Dodgers a huge boost offensively, and Ramirez could easily thrive in a new uniform. Could this force the San Francisco Giants to make a move?
You never know with Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
After a move by their rival that can completely change the NL West, many people may believe the Giants must counter the Dodgers. However, after trading prospect Zach Wheeler last year for Carlos Beltran, Sabean may be hesitant to make a big move.
Beltran had a solid season, but the Giants did not make the playoffs and did not re-sign Beltran in the offseason. That was a mistake, as Beltran was an All-Star this year and already has 22 home runs.
The Giants' biggest needs are offense and getting bullpen help.
With Ramirez heading to Hollywood, the Giants need to go after a bat if they intend to make a move. The Dodgers will be scoring runs with Ramirez, Kemp and Either in the lineup, and the Giants need another bat to stay at the top of the NL West.
So, who could the Giants go after?
Option 1: Shin-Soo Choo
Choo is one of the most underrated players in the league, as he can do a little bit of everything. He is currently hitting .293/.377/.489 with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Choo can step into the leadoff spot and add a little power at the top of the lineup. As a Scott Boras client, he will be hard to get, but the Giants should take a serious look at Choo.
Option 2: Chase Headley
Jon Heyman of CBSSports has reported that Chase Headley could be on the trade block, but it will take a lot. Hearing that it will take a lot is a red flag, but the Giants should give the San Diego Padres a call.
This move would put Pablo Sandoval at first base, keep the struggling Brandon Belt out of the lineup and have Headley at third. Headley is hitting .268/.361/.423 with 11 home runs and could help the Giants in many ways.
Option 3: Hunter Pence
Pence may be unconventional, but he's a great all-around player that would give the Giants a dynamic outfield and solid lineup. Pence is currently hitting .268/.336/.451 with 17 home runs.
It may cost the Giants some big prospects, but Pence could make the Giants serious contenders.
It is unclear if the Giants will make a move, but any of these three players would certainly help the team. Brian Sabean is unpredictable, but with Hanley Ramirez on the Dodgers, the Giants have to seriously consider acquiring a bat.