Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News combines some inside information with informed speculation to conclude that the Giants will be major players for Alex Rodriguez should he opt out of his contract following this season.
The reasoning, summed up:
- With Bonds, Feliz, and Benitez off the books, the Giants will have money to burn.
- A-Rod would be every bit as big of a draw as Bonds, without the negative connotations. And the next two career home run kings could both be Giants.
- The Giants don’t have a problem dealing with Scott Boras; in fact, they just dealt with him for Barry Zito. And that Zito contract was nearly as crazy as Rodriguez’s will be.
- The Giants inquired as to A-Rod’s availability last winter.
That would be a ton of money tied up with two players, but it would help change the face of San Francisco baseball. I think the Angels will make a huge offer to A-Rod as well.