Somewhere in the catacombs beneath AT&T Park, Brain Sabean is hard at work. Pulling names out of a hat, shaking magic eight balls, placing manila envelops to his head like Carnac the Magnificent, all in the name of recapturing the magic of 2010 and still building for the future.
The final spots of a 25-man roster are often filled with veterans and role players, players who might have a few more dying quails and ground balls with eyes left in the tank who are willing to sign for the minimum. While these players are important ingredients to any successful ball club, the real heart of any team is locked up and secured years before.
The Giants are entering a treacherous and murky phase. The young talent that served them so well in the World Series run of 2010 is due for a raise. A BIG raise. The Giants' success in the near future will be determined by signing the correct players to extensions and making some tough decisions on which players to let walk away.