After winning the World Series in 2012, the San Francisco Giants struggled through a disappointing 2013 season. The team battled several injuries and performances that were below expectations all year.
The dust had barely settled on the season when GM Brian Sabean got to work rebuilding the Giants roster. Since the end of the 2013 season, the Giants have been one of the most active teams in baseball.
The Giants' first move was to retain right fielder Hunter Pence before he hit the open market.
Sabean put a premium on strengthening the pitching staff and did so by signing free agent Tim Hudson. In addition, Sabean was able to come to agreements with Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong, retaining them for the starting rotation.
In a key move to solidify the bullpen, left-handed relief specialist Javier Lopez was also retained.
The final piece of the puzzle is for Sabean to acquire a solid starting outfielder, or at least one that can effectively platoon with Gregor Blanco.
Do not expect the Giants to make a big splash on any of the top remaining free-agent outfielders like Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz or Curtis Granderson. They will all be extremely expensive and cost the Giants their first-round selection in the 2014 amateur draft.
Let's take a look at the Giants' winners and losers so far, as the fires are still burning in the hot stove.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com.