Would Bringing Manny Ramirez to San Francisco Really Be Worth It?
With the Denver Post reports coming out that the San Francisco Giants are "interested" in free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez, people are now envisioning a meaningful October by the Bay for the first time in five years.
Obviously, the Giants have what it takes to get in to the playoffs with their pitchers. The offense is the only thing that is holding them back.
Yes, we all know this by now, but would bringing in the 36-year-old Ramirez for a year or two really be that good for the Giants?
It would take a pretty good chunk of change to land him considering he didn't accept the two-year, $45 million offer from the Dodgers. The San Francisco Chronicle has said that the Giants are considering Ramirez, but only "under very specific financial conditions."
This is because the Giants have spent basically all of their available money on what has been a somewhat interesting winter.
However, this isn't the first time the Giants have flirted with the idea having the dreads shaking in left field. When Barry Bonds, who we will come back to later, was not re-signed for the 2007 season, the Giants certainly entertained the idea of having Man Ram be the center piece of the offense.
And he certainly will be if he does sign in San Francisco.
The No. 1 reason to sign Man-Ram is because of the obvious pop he would add to the lineup. I mean, 30 home runs and 100 RBI locks are hard to come by these days.
And considering the numbers Ramirez put up last year would have topped the leaders list by far in San Francisco, his bat would be welcomed.
With him in the order, Bengie Molina wouldn't be a cleanup hitter, no matter how he has done in the four hole the past two years. And the trickle down effect would then continue throughout the order.
However, with Man-Ram in the fold, what will happen to the other Giants outfielders?
Much like what happened to the starting rotation with the signing of Randy Johnson last week, there would be one too many outfielders.
Aaron Rowand is coming off a disappointing 2008 and is just one year into his five-year, $60 million deal, so he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
So it comes down to the established vet in Randy Winn or the up-and-coming speedster in Fred Lewis. While we know what Winn will do, the jury is still out on whether Lewis will be able to stick as an everyday player.
But what would the atmosphere in the clubhouse be? What about the media circus that will all-but certainly accompany Manny and his dreads to San Francisco.
Since Bonds has left, the Giants seem to more a much more united group. Because there isn't such a dominating presence who gets all the media attention like Bonds did, players can breath easy.
So let's say the Giants don't exactly meet expectations two months into the season, do you think Manny would be really happy with how things are going? He ran his mouth and ultimately gave up when the Red Sox were winning, what would stop him from running his mouth if the Giants were losing?
You think that would create a positive atmosphere in the clubhouse? Don't think so.
Then there's the fact that he's an absolute terror to watch in the outfield.
ESPN loved to get on the "Manny Being Manny" train, but the guy can't hack it in left field, let's face it. He basically is the same kind of defensive player Bonds was his last few seasons in San Francisco: barely any range and no arm.
Not exactly the kind of fit that you want when your team is built around pitching and defense.
So while it is definitely an interesting option, don't order your dread heads just yet, San Francisco. For all we know, this may just be another Scott Boras media creation.
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