One thing we have heard from Brian Sabean this offseason is how dedicated he is to signing second-tier players, and not looking at this year's premier free agents: Matt Holliday and Jason Bay. If you have been reading my posts, you know that I pretty much agree with Sabean here. The Giants do not need to needless throw money at Jason Bay or Matt Holliday. We can put together a playoff calibre team much more cheaply (and perhaps more effectively) by signing the Adam LaRoche and trading for Dan Uggla, rather than dumping all our resources into Matt Holliday or Jason Bay.
So what has been going on with Jason Bay this offseason? The media has speculated there are three places he could end up: San Francisco, Boston, or with the Mets in New York. I highly doubt the media's belief that Bay could end up here in San Francisco: sure we need a player like Bay but I don't think they realize how strapped for cash we are.
Today, Peter Gammons, a big time Red Sox fan and huge homer, mentioned that the Giants in fact have made a five year offer to Jason Bay. Well, that's not true. He said that he knows the Giants would make a five year offer to Jason Bay. I have no idea how or where he got this information. Perhaps he is clairvoyant. However, there has been no indication whatsoever that the Giants would go that long with Jason Bay. However, in addition to this mysterious five year deal, apparently Jason Bay does not want to play in San Francisco! How does Gammons know this? Well, naturally, he gives no sources and gives no reason. He just knows. Jason Bay does not want to play in San Francisco. Really?
This article stinks. I am not sure what Gammons is talking about and how much we can really trust it. However, it does make one wonder: are the Giants out on Jason Bay? Or are they secretly in on the slugger?