Giants Hot Stove Report #3
So the Winter Meetings have come and gone and what have the Giants achieved this year since? A lot! They addressed major needs in the bullpen to support their young pitching staff and added an offensive bat with Edgar Renteria to fill in at short. Sabean has already pulled off an amazing offseason by addressing major needs without crippling the organization’s young farm system. They are rebuilding, but they are rebuilding smart. Their most recent acquisition is none other than the Big Unit himself, Mr. Randy Johnson. This not only provides a veteran presence in the starting rotation to anchor the young core, but also gives the Giants marketing department a field day with him approaching 300 wins. It’s not quite the same rotation if we had added Sabathia, but it definitely catapults the Giants to having one of the deepest rotations in the league: Lincecum/Cain/Johnson/Zito/Sanchez.
Meanwhile, the rest of the NL West are twiddling their thumbs, waiting for some miracle trade or signing to precipitate. In more recent news, the Giants have been linked to Manny Ramirez in several rumors. While this doesn’t make a lot of sense since the Giants are filled up with outfielders, Manny is an exception to the rule. Boras is correct when he labels Ramirez an icon. He is pretty much the second coming of Barry Bonds, circa 2001-02. Financially, the Giants are in no position to deal with such a big strain, but it could work if Manny agrees to a short-term 3-year deal. Unlike other players, he would partially pay for himself from all the memorabilia and ticket sales. But then the Giants would have to move one of their outfielders: Winn, Rowand, Lewis, Roberts, Schierholtz, which may prove to be difficult.
The collapse of the outfielder market has presented the Giants with a special opportunity. They passed up this chance a few years ago when they didn’t sign Vlad Guerrero. If they get the job done this time, they will be favorites in the weak NL West. We will see as the weeks progress…