At this point in the offseason, the hope and optimism of the free agent season give way to the dog days of January, where the only roster moves concern the Double A backup catcher and who's going to keep the pitch count out in the bullpen.
Fans turn their attention from the bright shiny free agents and trade targets and are forced to focus the roster as it will likely look on Opening Day. "We still have THAT guy?" "Justin Christian? Did he come over in the Melky trade?"
Fantasy gives way to reality. It's time to make do.
The San Francisco Giants roster presents an interesting dichotomy. If the pitchers get any better, we may be looking at one of the best staffs of all time. On the other hand, if the hitters go any further backwards, they may just fall off the cliff.
None of the guys in the lineup can afford not to improve.
In this preview of previews, we'll look at 20 players who are coming back to San Francisco from last year's edition and whether they are likely to regress or progress in 2012.