The San Francisco Giants finished the 2013 season with a record of 76-86, ten games under .500.
GM Brian Sabean has already begun the task of rebuilding the roster. He signed Hunter Pence to a five-year $90 million contract and just came to terms with Tim Lincecum on a two-year $35 million contract.
Both Pence and Lincecum are fan favorites. For them to remain in San Francisco is an indication that the Giants' management appreciates what they mean to the franchise.
There are still some holes to fill, namely two additional starting pitchers, a left fielder and a couple of relief pitchers. Sabean will shift his focus to these areas and see who he can bring in from outside the organization to fill these spots.
However, there are also some players who's time has come to move on. Their tenure in San Francisco should come to an end, which in some cases would benefit the player, perhaps more than the team.
In looking at the Giants' 40-man roster at the end of the season, there are five players who should be cut loose. Let's take a look at those five and dive into the reasons why they should be let go.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com.
All contract data courtesy of baseballprospectus.com.