Giants vs. Diamondbacks: Position-by-Position Breakdown Heading into 2012 Season

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Giants vs. Diamondbacks: Position-by-Position Breakdown Heading into 2012 Season
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In 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants battled back and forth for the NL West division lead until the D-Backs finally managed to pull away to clinch in mid-September.

In 2012, the Diamondbacks and Giants will be at it once again, with Arizona campaigning for a back-to-back NL West championship performance and the Giants looking to return to postseason prominence after winning the World Series in 2010.

With the 2011 Diamondbacks finishing eight games ahead of second-place San Francisco, the Giants have taken some offseason strides to narrow the gap.

Heading into the 2012 MLB season, the following is a position-by-position breakdown of the NL West's top two teams of 2011.

For each comparison, MLB.com's team depth charts have been used to determine each team's candidates at each position.

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