With any World Series team, there are several integral pieces that management must bring back in order to give themselves the best chance to accomplish those same goals next season.
This year's San Francisco Giants are no different as they are looking at four key pieces who they must bring back. Without any of these four players, the Giants run the risk of missing the playoffs in 2013.
The free-agent pickings are slim as they will most likely try to retain their own players rather than look to sign new ones.
Forget about marquee players like Josh Hamilton, Zack Grienke or B.J. Upton.
There's a higher chance of you finding a Twinkie at your local supermarket than the Giants signing Hamilton.
Like it was two years ago, the Giants will look to re-sign their own players but only at the right price.
The Aubrey Huff deal looks terrible in hindsight, but he was a proven commodity at the time and had a track record of producing.
They ultimately let Juan Uribe (outbid by the Los Angeles Dodgers) and Edgar Renteria go, and they turned out to be good decisions.
So far this offseason, they have brought back Jeremy Affeldt on a three-year contract and have done little else.
Let's take a look at who they must bring back in order to have a chance at the playoffs.