Manny to Giants?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Just speculation. The rumor that said the Giants were in discussions with the Red Sox about acquiring Manny Ramirez was confirmed earlier today from Red Sox sources. Ramirez, 34, is a .314 career hitter who has hit at least 33 home runs with at least 100 RBIs in each of the last nine seasons. Money would be one of the many problems. Ramirez is owed $14 million and $16 million, plus a total of $8 million in deferred salary, over the final two seasons of the eight-year, $168 million contract he signed with Boston. Also, he would have to waive his no trade clause and would have to be willing to switch to right field, if they sign Barry Bonds. The Red Sox, in need of a short stop could ask for Omar Vizquel, and relief. I do not see a deal happening, unless the Red Sox would accept Vizquel and a bundle of prospects. But, the Giants do not have a shortstop to replace Vizquel. A source described the talks as preliminary, so do not expect anything soon, probably nothing at all.