The Giants that went into the 2010 postseason, what manager Bruce Bochy called his "band of misfits and castoffs" and his "Dirty Dozen" hardly resembled the team that broke spring training in March 2010.
While some, like leadoff man Andres Torres, earned his starting job after years as a backup, others came as last-minute trades and key call-ups to fill gaping holes in the Giants' lineup.
Cody Ross was a complete accident.
The Marlins, who on Aug. 22 were in third place, 10.5 games back in their division, decided to cut ties with Ross and send him, along with what remained of his $4.45 million salary, to the Giants.
While he didn't get regular playing time until the postseason, anybody who watched the Giants last year knows what a key role Ross played in the playoff win.
As the Giants try to improve their team after the trade deadline, they enter the tricky waiver period. The waiver process allows teams to trade after the deadline, but only players that pass through waivers, giving priority to teams with lower winning percentages on the year.
While some teams may try to block the Giants' trades, the Giants could still make a key trade in the home stretch.
Here are five players the Giants could target to make an impact over the next couple of months.