It appears as though the Giants might be thinking about moving Alex Ramirez over to first.
"I'm thinking about practicing at first base starting in December. I think it'll be good for me. I'm just going to take this challenge in stride," said Ramirez.
The move to first was apparently considered earlier this past season.
The only thing is, the move doesn't address the issue of the potential logjam at first.
Seung-Yeop Lee is a first baseman by trade. Yoshinobu Takahashi is being converted to first because of his bad back. Michihiro Ogasawara and Shinnosuke Abe are also two players that could use a break from their demanding positions with spells at first.
So why not leave Ramirez out in left?
Because Hisayoshi Chono will likely join the outfield fray next season. And both Tetsuya Matsumoto (CF) and Yoshiyuki Kamei (RF) have basically secured their spots in the outfield.
Plus, Ramirez will be a year older and is likely the worst outfielder (defensively) the team has on the roster.
It'll be interesting to see how the Giants juggle first base and left field next season. If Chono's abilities translate well in the NPB, the Giants would be foolish to start anyone in left field other than him. But with Ramirez fresh off of signing a 2-year extension and an MVP season, the Giants obviously can't afford to sit him either. That could mean a change of scenery for either Lee and / or Takahashi.
The best the Giants can hope for next season is that Chono isn't ready to play full-time yet and everyone ends up rotating around.