Are the 2014 San Francisco Giants Closer to 2012 Champs or 2013 Chumps?

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Are the 2014 San Francisco Giants Closer to 2012 Champs or 2013 Chumps?
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have had quite the ride the past two seasons by the Bay.

The 2012 campaign ended with the ultimate triumph. Closer Sergio Romo painted a pitch on the outside corner to freeze Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the 10th inning in Detroit, before catcher Buster Posey delivered one of his patented bear hugs near the mound. The Giants had swept the mighty Tigers in the World Series and were atop the baseball world for the second time in three years.

Essentially the same roster returned for 2013 and big things were expected, but the Giants stumbled to a third-place tie in the National League West with a 76-86 record.

So what's in store for 2014?

Once again, San Francisco will return the same nucleus of players from the past couple of years with some notable additions like starter Tim Hudson and left fielder Michael Morse, while pitchers Barry Zito, Chad Gaudin and outfielder Andres Torres are gone.

With just three weeks left before the spring training opener against the Oakland Athletics in Arizona, here's a look at San Francisco's prospects for the 2014 season.

 

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