With the Giants only having one-two million to spend left to spend this offseason, there are a couple of free agents that can fill that salary. I am pretty sure that there is some dough set aside for Matt Cain, but there is not much money left. The Giants might be done dealing for players any way, but these are two moves I feel that are still in the realm for Sabean and the Giants considering their payroll.
Sign Ryan Ludwick
Ludiwick might not be much of an upgrade over Cody Ross, but he has more potential and upside then Ross has at this point in his career. Ludwick hit .237 with 13 homeruns, and 75 RBI’s in nearly 140 games for the Pirates and Padres last year. Note that PNC Park and Petco Park are known as pitchers parks, telling us that he will clearly be able to hit at At&T Park.
Back in 2008 he hit 37 home runs for the Cardinals, which leads me to think that he still has some pop left in his bat. Last year he made approximately seven million, which I expect to decrease by about three to four million for the team that decides to offer him a contract. Point is, the Ludwick has the upside to rack up 70-90 RBI’s which is something the Giants desperately need, and he might come at a relatively cheap price compared to other free agents such as Carlos Beltran or Michael Cuddyer.
With the signing of Jose Reyes, the Marlins need to find a spot for Bonifacio which could end up being quite hard. Assuming that they will hold onto Hanley Ramirez and have him be their starting third basemen, Bonifacio could play any position in the outfield expect right because of Mike Stanton, and second base is the other possibility. Now if the Giants offered a solid prospect and Jeremy Afledt for Bonifacio the Marlins might bite.
Bonifacio finished second in the NL for stolen bases at 40. This would bring some much needed speed to the Giants lineup. Bonifacio would also become a .300 hitter in the leadoff spot for the Giants, if Angel Pagan doesn’t want to fill that void. The most important trait that Bonifacio could bring is versatily because he can play any position with the exception first. If the Giants have injury problems again, this could be extremely beneficial.
What would the Giants have to give for Bonifacio?