The San Francisco Giants were able to retain the key free agents that they targeted this offseason. By doing so, GM Brian Sabean was able to keep the nucleus of the team that won the 2012 World Series together.
Manager Bruce Bochy will again have Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro at the top of the batting order heading into the 2013 season. Both players tested the free-agent market and opted to return to the Giants. Pagan signed a four-year, $40 million contract, and Scutaro cashed in with a three-year, $20 million deal.
In addition, Sabean was able to retain valuable left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who played a key role for the Giants all year. He signed a three-year, $18 million contract to stay in San Francisco.
The Giants also brought in switch-hitting outfielder Andres Torres, who is expected to platoon with Gregor Blanco in left field. Torres was a key member of the Giants' 2010 world championship team. He had a poor 2012 season with the Mets, so Sabean was able to sign him for only $2 million.
Although the Giants hot stove has cooled, a few important questions still remain. Let's take a closer look at five important areas the Giants are still addressing this offseason.