I already know I am going to take a lot of heat for this but what the hell.
The 2009 San Francisco Giants offense is pathetic. As a team, they are batting .249. My softball team is better than that. The bright spot, however, has been the stellar pitching both on the starting rotation and in relief.
The Giants could be contenders this year, but they need that one big bat that they have been missing since the departure of Barry Bonds, who has been in exile. In the off-season they failed to bring in a big bat via free agent or trade.
So the only option now during season is to bring in a "Big Bat" is via trade. This terrifies me because I do not want to see Brian Sabean trade away the team's young talent, like Bumgarner or Alderson, for a "Player For Rent" like Matt Holliday, who will be going into free agency after this year. Matt Holliday is represented by Scott Boras.
So Holliday will command top dollar. The Giants have said they do not have the money to spend.
So what can they do?
Sign Barry Lamar Bonds.
Sure he is facing federal indictment and is hated through out baseball, but so what. Do the Giants want to win? Should they make a deal with the devil? Bonds in that lineup will make the team feared. Steroids or not, he was still the most feared hitter of our generation.
Yes. They should sign him for an incentive deal and write into his contract to be on his best behavior. No personal entourage and he has to mentor the youngsters. It is well known he wants to coach. This would be a great way to start.
Even in his 40's with his bad knee/elbow and all his baggage, he is 10-times the player Fred "K-Fred" Lewis will ever be. It is has become hard to watch Lewis Patrol left field. The guy is a major error waiting to happen, just like Jose Cruz Jr.
The Pieces for the Giants to contend are there, but they are missing a huge piece and that is a dominant piece. Barry could fill that void and possibly even bring some glory to a city that has been deprived of it for to long.