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5 Realistic Moves the San Francisco Giants Should Complete
Tim Lincecum will be a Giant through the 2015 season.

The San Francisco Giants and GM Brian Sabean have moved aggressively to retain two of their free-agent centerpieces. 

First, Sabean and outfielder Hunter Pence agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract. Then the Giants came to terms with pitcher Tim Lincecum on a two-year, $35 million deal.

The reality is that the Giants may have overpaid slightly for both players, especially Lincecum, given his downward trend in the past two seasons. However, both Pence and Lincecum are part of the fabric that makes the Giants who they are.

The Giants' team chemistry over the past few seasons has been second to none, with Pence and Lincecum integral components. In addition, both are fan favorites, and the Giants have a way of rewarding those players who have helped them reach the pinnacle of success.

So, in the grand scheme of things, Giants fans can rejoice because two of their favorites will be back. In addition, as the old saying goes, "It's not my money."

Most importantly, the signing of Pence and Lincecum should not preclude the Giants from doing what they need to do to bolster their team for the coming year.

Let's take a closer look at five critical moves the Giants need to make in preparation for the 2014 season.

All stats are courtesy of baseball-reference.com.

All contract data is courtesy of baseballprospectus.com.

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