Sorry if this seems like a repeat topic, but I want to bring it up more as a marketability question than anything else. First, I'd like to say I doubt Sabean even has Johnson on his radar since the organization seems to really want to give Ortmeier a chance to give the allusion of going young.
However, let's say we were able to acquire Nick Johnson for something relatively little (Brad Hennesey or worse). WAS did just lock up Dmitri Young off an all-star season and really can't put him in LF because a) he'd suck and b) they have a logjam between Pena, Milledge, Dukes, and Kearns.
So would the acquisition of Nick Johnson (and possibly the eminent trade for Joe Crede) be enough to spark some interest in the 08 team? Would it make games more interesting to watch? Provide some small vessel of hope that the Giants could have a semblance of an offense?
Or does it change nothing? Just another old guy? Losing close to 90 games either way?
Maybe I'm just an optimist, but if the Giants were able to acquire Nick Johnson and Crede for virtually nothing valuable, I would have more interest in the Giants 08 season. I'm watching every game no matter what, but I think these two (especially Johnson) bring SOME offensive potential, SOME hope, SOME small chance that maybe, just maybe, we won't finish last in the NL in runs scored. Nick Johnson, when healthy, has proven he can be a dominant offensive player and Crede, while extremely flawed, does have enough upside to give us production out of 3B we haven't seen in a long time. Right now, I look at our lineup and who in it can be we even POSSIBLY expect to significantly outperform their 2007 season.
The only answers I can come up with are Ray Durham and Omar...and that's only because those two were so god awful in 07 that even being bad for them could be a significant improvement. The problem with this offense is there is just no hope, no gamble, no potential.
Combined with Rowand, Johnson and Crede at least give some form of hope and potential, as frail as it might be, to having some semblance of an offense. Hope is all I ask for this year, would those two create enough interest for any of you in the 08 team?