The bottom line here for Giants fans is that this sort of talk is a good thing. Management is obviously planning on increasing the payroll, which means signing a few offensive weapons is a definitey possibility.
"Player payroll is going to depend on two things," Neukom said. "First of all (is) the best thinking of our baseball guys. What does that optimal 2009-and-beyond roster look like? How do you build that roster? That's going to have a price tag to it. The other major influence is, what can we afford?"I know what direction I'd go. There's no reason to start dealing in the trade market when you can throw some money around, and this shows the Giants aren't afraid to. It might not be Manny, but Mark Teixeira and several other big bats are out there. We'll see how the Giants work.