San Francisco Giants: 5 Important Questions Heading into Spring Training

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San Francisco Giants: 5 Important Questions Heading into Spring Training
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With pitchers and catchers set to report on Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants are about to begin their quest for a third title in four seasons.

The reigning champs decided to keep their core in tact by re-signing free agents Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Jeremy Affeldt, all key contributors in the Giants' run to their seventh World Series title.

General manager Brian Sabean brought back some familiar faces as well in signing free agents Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez (to a minor league contract), both of whom played important roles in the team's 2010 title. Ironically, they were the two players dealt to the New York Mets for Angel Pagan back in 2011.

With every key player returning from last year's playoff squad that rallied to win six elimination games in a row against the Reds and Cardinals before sweeping the Tigers, the Giants have more than enough talent to be right back in the Fall Classic eight months from now.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and their deep pockets will certainly have something to say about that. San Francisco's arch-rivals are stacked with both bats and pitching after their new ownership spent obscene amounts of money to equip them with talent to compete for years to come.

In the Giants' last title defense in 2011, the Bay Area had their hearts broken when Buster Posey tore ligaments in his left ankle in a home plate collision with Scott Cousins.

Barring any major injuries (knocking on a lot of wood), there is no reason not to think that this team will be near the top of the NL West standings along with the Dodgers and in the playoff hunt, ready to go for another shot at the World Series.

Here are five of the most fascinating questions as the Giants head into spring training.

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