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What Actions Do the San Francisco Giants Need to Take to Contend in 2014?
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Buster Posey is the face of the franchise for the SF Giants.

The San Francisco Giants have struggled mightily in the 2013 season. Injuries have hit the team hard, and poor performances from some key players has led to a record of 51-63. The Giants are 13 games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

One issue that does not get enough mention is San Francisco's participation in the World Baseball Classic. Of the nine Giants who played, six have been hurt during the season. It could be a mere coincidence, but there could also be a causal relationship here.

In addition, the Giants have played more baseball than any other team in the past three seasons. The two world championships meant they played a month or more longer than most other teams. The wear and tear on the pitching staff finally caught up with the team this year.

The Giants are last in the NL West, and although they are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, they have shown nothing that gives any indication that they can make a significant run. For all intents and purposes, this season is over and the strategy must be to begin planning for 2014.

As the 2013 season drifts into oblivion, the Giants will have some tough decisions to make in order to put the best possible team on the field for next year. Let's take a closer look at 10 key things that they can do to put themselves in a better position to contend in 2014.

Note: All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com. All salary and contract data is courtesy of BaseballProspectus.com.

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