A few weeks ago, news broke that there was some interest on the San Francisco Giants’ part in Miami Marlins’ infielder Hanley Ramirez. The former Rookie of the Year and three time All-Star has worn out his welcome in Florida, much of it do to his lack of maturity, something apparently the Giants aren’t too hot on – especially given his price tag, according to CBS’s Jon Heyman:
Despite finishing second in All-Star balloting, Brandon Crawford isn’t exactly tearing it up. That said, they like him. And, oh yes, word is they have little money to spend. (Yes, it’s a new era in San Francisco as far as the finances go.)
Despite the perceived need for an offensive upgrade at shortstop, as Heyman says, the Giants don’t have much financial flexibility nor do they have a gluten of prospects to give up – all for a guy who’s hit .245 since the start of 2011 and who has been benched for lack of hustle. An average defender on his best day, there’s a lot going against Ramirez and it appears the Giants wavering interest is running dry.