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Giants' GM Brian Sabean waves to the crowd at the victory parade
San Francisco Giants' GM Brian Sabean made several key acquisitions during the course of the 2010 season. The Giants had injuries and several flaws on the roster and Sabean's moves helped give the Giants the impetus that carried them through to victory.
Sabean acquired relief pitchers Chris Ray, Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez, all of whom contributed to the team. Lopez and Ramirez were instrumental down the stretch.
In addition, Sabean also acquired outfielder Cody Ross in a move that was also designed to keep Ross away from the division leading San Diego Padres. Ross will go down in history as the hero of the post-season for the Giants.
Ross hit five home runs in the post-season, including three in the NLCS, against the Phillies. He was named the MVP of that series for the Giants.
Sabean also signed Pat Burrell off the scrap heap. He was released by Tampa Bay after he hit only .202 with two home runs and 13 RBI. Burrell, who grew up just down the road in San Jose, was rejuvenated. As a Giant, Burrell hit .266, with 18 home runs and 51 RBI. He provided the Giants with the power they had been lacking.
I firmly believe the Giants will likely add another relief pitcher before the trade deadline. Steve Edlefsen was sent down to the minors after a bout of ineffectiveness. George Kontos is unproven and Shane Loux is a 32 year-old journeyman.
The Giants may also want to add a veteran middle infielder, as it does not look like Freddy Sanchez will be back any time soon. Emmanuel Burriss is simply not getting the job done. He looks like a 4-A player, at this stage of his career.
Sabean will also keep his eyes open for a power bat, either at first base or the outfield. Big hitters are very costly, so it will be very difficult to pull off a trade of this magnitude, but it would be an important asset for the Giants to add.
Similar to 2010, expect Sabean to be very busy over the next few weeks.