We continue our slow holiday schedule (sorry, the kids ain’t lettin’ me sit at the computer all day) with a note from the hot stove league. Seems that Manny and the Giants may be up to something. Via BTF:
The San Francisco Giants are pursuing free-agent slugger Manny Ramirez and have offered him a four-year deal, a well-connected source told CBS 5.
Financial terms of the contract offer were not immediately known. The deal was said by the source to contain incentives for the third year of the contract and a club option for the fourth.
In addition, the Denver Post newspaper quoted a Major League Baseball insider as saying the Giants were “quietly making an aggressive play” for Ramirez.
The chances of the Giants signing Ramirez, a 36-year-old left fielder, were unclear. A team spokesperson told CBS 5, “it’s not happening.”
Probable translation of that last quote: Boras has created this stuff from whole cloth in an effort to pressure the Dodgers. If so, I’d like to see Sabean come out in a press conference and say that this is utter bunk, and that he believes it is Scott Boras trying to play Ned Colletti or whoever else and that he won’t be a part of it.
All that said, I hope it is true and that a deal happens. I’d kind of like to see Manny on the Giants if for no other reason that I like baseball better when the Giants are interesting for some reason.