Definitely the most intriguing of the options. Signing Ramirez would not only mean bringing a potentially great player to the Giants, but also taking one away from the Dodgers. Hanley is a proven hitter. In a down year last year, he still finished with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs. And while his defense was subpar, a move from shortstop to third base will surely help it improve.
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Headley is a free agent who knows the NL West very well from his time with the Padres. Is he as good as the Panda? No, but he is a whole lot cheaper. He is probably looking for a deal around three years and $30 million. This would leave the Giants with some extra cash to spend on their starting pitching as opposed to breaking the bank with Pablo.
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While Freese is not a free agent, it has been reported the Angels are open to moving him. The Giants could likely acquire him without giving up any Major Leaguers. Freese has a great postseason history with the Cardinals, which would be a tremendous asset to have, as the Giants would be losing their best postseason hitter.
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Reynolds does one thing well—he hits for power. Coming off his seventh consecutive season with 20 or more home runs, the 31-year-old would give the Giants another powerful right-handed bat. However, with that power comes a plethora of strikeouts and a horrendous batting average. This might be last resort for the men in orange and black.
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Like Headley, this deal will not break the bank while yielding a quality infielder. Lowrie has primarily been a shortstop over his seven-year career but is open to playing third base should the right opportunity arise. Lowrie had a great year in 2013 with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs, but was surprisingly ineffective in 2014. He is primed for a bounce-back year in 2015.
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The Giants could always replace Pablo in-house. While this move seems unlikely, it also seems inevitable that Posey will relocate to the infield at some point in his career. So why not make it this year? The Giants would instantly acquire one of the best third basemen in the league. Andrew Susac has proved to be an admirable backup catcher who could take over for Posey behind the dish.
This is another in-house move that is probably more likely. Arias has been a dependable utility player for the Giants over the years. And while they would love to keep that flexibility with Arias, the Giants may be forced into moving him into a starting role. A career .269 hitter and a solid defensive player might not be the worst option considering all the other possibilities.