A realistic assessment of the 2011 San Francisco Giants leads you to one inescapable conclusion: The club needs more offense.
Prior to losing Buster Posey for the season, G.M. Brian Sabean figured to be shopping for a shortstop to replace Miguel Tejada, who appears to have nothing left in the tank.
The eye-opening play of rookie Brandon Crawford has made that a somewhat lower priority. Pablo Sandoval's imminent return will settle things at third base, and Aubrey Huff's homer-fest Thursday in St. Louis suggests he may be back on his game.
But two serious gaps remain.
One is at catcher. Eli Whiteside is a liability (batting .200) on a club that needs offense.
The other is in the outfield. Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell have virtually played themselves out of meaningful roles, leaving Bruce Bochy with limited flexibility.
Here are seven trade targets for the Giants, suitable to filling both voids.