2011 has been a tumultuous year in San Francisco for the 2010 World Champions. An injury-plagued season for San Francisco will make or break the chance to repeat the feat.
They have lost three of their greatest contributors throughout the season. Seemingly out of no where, they gained another member of their starting rotation whose performance has fit right in with the staff's success.
However in some of these cases, the loss of one player to injury has opened up opportunities to another. Some of the players who filled the void have been outstandingly successful, and others have showed tenacity and potential. Some have disappointed.
With all that has happened in San Francisco in 2011, all we know for sure is that, so far, the Giants have found ways to win games. The team entered the All-Star break with the fifth-best record in baseball and proudly sent five members of the franchise to the All-Star Game in Phoenix.
While San Francisco continues to hold their first place lead in the NL West, Manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean both know that the second half of the season can be a whole different ball game, and want to come out strong in the second half.
The pitching staff has been outstanding as everyone expected. While San Francisco is notorious for lacking offense, injuries have also created voids that the front office will be interested in filling before the trade deadline on July 31.
None of these moves intend to transform the Giants into an offensive powerhouse or replace Buster Posey. However, they should provide the stability that San Francisco needs to be a serious threat.
For everyone out there who still believes that San Francisco has a smaller chance of repeating in 2011 than they had to win it all in 2010, I present to you three trade targets that would address some of the defending champs' greatest obstacles to becoming World Champions again this season.