The San Francisco Giants are headed to the playoffs, as the NL West champions. For Bruce Bochy, his coaching staff and players, winning it all, similar to 2010, is their main goal.
General manager Brian Sabean and his right-hand man, Bobby Evans, have a dual focus at this time of year. First and foremost, they want to win in the postseason. Their second focus is looking ahead to next season.
With the 2012 season winding down, GMs will now begin to turn their attention to free agents and how to strengthen their team for the upcoming year. Sabean is already putting plans together for 2013 and this is an important step to keeping the Giants competitive from year to year.
The Giants have a number of their own free agents, some who they would like to keep and others that will be let go. In addition, Sabean will be scouring the rosters of other teams to see which available players they would like to bring to San Francisco.
The Giants' main area of concern this offseason will be in the outfield. With Melky Cabrera likely gone and Angel Pagan a free agent, the Giants will need to make sure they sign two quality outfielders. Youngster Gary Brown is still probably a year away, so fortifying the outfield will be Sabean's top priority.
Let's take a closer look at the Giants' most important free-agent targets this offseason.