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Kurtenbach: The SF Giants’ offseason has been a big-market embarrassment (and there’s only one way to save it)

The San Francisco Giants’ offseason has been meme-worthy.

The Pawn Stars meme, to be specific.

For those who are blissfully unaware of this form of internet art, the Pawn Stars meme features the characters from the History Channel reality show making comical, low-balling “best” offers amid a barter.

For example:

Giants fans: We would like for you to sign Aaron Judge and Carlos Rodón.

“The best we can do is Mitch Haniger and Sean Manaea… But, hey, for you guys, we’ll toss in a Ross Stripling, too.”

(Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

This was a critical offseason for the Giants. This was supposed to be the winter the team flexed its fiscal and municipal muscles and started acting like the big-market team it is.

Big names. Big money. A big statement for a franchise that is being lapped by the Dodgers and Padres in the National League West.

But the Giants have made another kind of statement this offseason:

Don’t expect anything more from us, because it’s business as usual around here.

Perhaps the fans can extract Carlos Correa from the Pawn Stars this week. He’s a big-time, big-money player.

But they probably won’t. Why would he come to San Francisco over his other suitors? The Giants won’t overpay. The one thing the Giants have is a shortstop.

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