Just when you think you've heard it all....
There is a report out of the Denver Post quietly divulging that a "major league source" notes that the San Francisco Giants are "quietly" making an aggressive run at Manny Ramirez. Now I don't know about you but that seems VERY odd to me. And I agree with Roto World, how quiet can the Giants interest be if a Denver newspaper has wind?
This smells of vintage Boras desperation. Wonder why Colletti has been holding back and not bidding against himself this year? Scotty, we are all onto your tricks now!
Here is why I am calling shenanigans here. The Giants had roughly $64 million committed for the '09 squad. They entered the '08 season with a $76.6 million payroll, so they had about $12-13 million to spend this offseason. With the recent signings of Renteria, Johnson, and others I do not think that they have another $20-25 million laying around to make an "aggressive" run at Manny.
Plus, the Giants just got done washing the stink of Bonds off of their franchise. And they are still reeling from that terrible deal that Boras squeezed out of them for Bonds. Guess what, he is trying to do the same thing with Manny this year, sell him into his senior years as a productive geriatric.
We all saw how terrible Bonds was in the field those final years, it was painful to watch. And Bonds at least was a great defensive player. Manny has never been even a decent defensive player, imagine how terrible he will get in his later years.
Nothing adds up here, except for Boras' desperation. His last attempt to salvage some respect after completely botching Manny's affairs this offseason. He played the market completely wrong this year and with his past embarrassment with Alex Rodriguez he is looking more and more like mortal than a super agent. If the Yankees did not swoop in and save his behind by throwing obscene amounts of money at his players he would have looked like a complete failure this offseason!
These are the desperate actions of a desperate man. Scotty, we are all on to you!
UPDATE: Just saw the report on ESPN Bottom Line ticker. Maybe there is some merit to the news. But then again, ESPN has published a lot of bad news before. Remember the recent Buster Olney false report about the Dodgers/Mets Jones trade? I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on this story. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.
SECOND UPDATE: T.J. Simers of the LA Times reiterates my belief that the Boras camp probably started this report as a falsehood in order to drive up the price and interest of the Dodgers.
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