The San Francisco Comical reports that the Giants are working a deal for Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox. Ramirez has two years left on his current deal for $14M and $16M, plus $8M of deferred salary. So let's call it an effective $18M and $20M. Obviously, signing ManRam would push Barry further down the plank into McCovey Cove.
Buried at the bottom of the same article is the news that the Giants are also close to a return tour of duty with Rich Aurilia, 35. Maybe next year's sponsor of the oft-name-changed ballpark will be Metamucil?
I spent all Thanksgiving weekend hearing from my brother-in-law, a Giants fan, about how ridiculous the Juan Pierre signing was, even in this inflated free agent market. With this deal, I'm not so sure that the trade market is any less expensive. Though I would hate to see the Giants pick up such an offensive power in ManRam, I'm hoping that they end up feeling compelled to pick up Barry too and have true clubhouse camaraderie.