I thought it was a made-up rumor, but now even The Chronicle is reporting it.
This has to be a leverage move in the Bonds situation, nothing more. To get Manny, the Giants would have to trade young pitching -- and we're not talking just Jonathan Sanchez, either. Any chance of contention in the near future is based on the team's young pitching.
Lowry for Ramirez? Sure...but not if you could have Bonds and Lowry instead. That's why the only way this makes sense is if the Red Sox are just giving the guy away, which they probably aren't, or if the rumor makes Bonds and his agent think twice about playing the "y'all lost out on the other free agents...so start writing that check, and we'll tell you when to stop with the zeros"-card.