Giants Sign Howry, in Win Now Mode?

by Ben Cook on December 3, 2008

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly inked reliever Bob Howry to a one year deal worth $2.75 million. The 35 year old righty had put up 4 solid years of sub 3.4 ERA relief before last year’s 5.35 effort for the Chicago Cubs. I’m guessing Howry is hoping to re-establish himself and ink a multi-year deal next winter, and the Giants for their part could be getting a very good reliever at a bargain price if Howry can regain is previous form.

The Giants are also reportedly very close to finalizing a deal for short stop Edgar Renteria and also appear to be pursuing a trade for the Marlins’ Jorge Cantu. It appears the 2 year, $18 million contract mentioned last week might wind up being accurate for Renteria.

If Renteria does end up signing for $9 million a year, it would certainly seem to signal that the Giants believe they can win sooner rather than later. While the team does have the benefit of playing in the NL West where 84 wins was good enough to take the title last year, they’re going to need to drastically improve their offense if they’re going to make the 12-15 win jump it will take to be competitive. I don’t care how good your pitching is, if Bengie Molina is your team’s most productive offensive player, you’ve got some problems. If the Giants are in win now mode, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a play to land Manny Ramirez or Mark Teixeira.

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