The San Francisco Giants need to improve in every facet of the game in 2014. As the club heads into free agency, they have needs all over the diamond.
The offense finished 21st in runs scored last season. The defense finished 20th in defensive efficiency and 25th in fielding percentage. The pitching staff finished 22nd in ERA. Thus, it was no surprise that the Giants finished with a record of 76-86.
The Giants won't be able to re-make the entire roster in one winter. They'll need improved performances from several returning players including Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Vogelsong (if the club exercises his option), Jeremy Affeldt, Brandon Crawford and others. A healthy season from Angel Pagan would go a long way toward improving an offense that ranked just 19th in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).
The Giants' biggest needs in free agency are clearly starting pitching and left field. The Giants finished 2013 with a rotation ERA of 4.37, which was seventh-worst in baseball.
Giants left fielders combined to hit just .257/.314/.337. They finished with the game's worst OPS and lowest home run total at the position.
The Giants could also use help in the bullpen and an upgrade at shortstop. Let's take a look at all of the Giants' needs as free agency approaches.