The San Francisco Giants set out in April 2011 as favorites to win the NL West, and on a quest to win a repeat world title. Now that it is September and the defending champs have essentially played themselves out of contention, it is time to look ahead to see what can be done in the offseason to try again in 2012.
An unfortunate series of injuries has finally taken its toll on San Francisco, who has not been able to keep up with the pace of the red–hot Arizona Diamondbacks. This fate turns the focus away from the daunting task of making a miraculous comeback, to a number of looming questions that the team will face in the offseason.
Key players Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez will be back on the field, and the pitching staff will remain to be one of the best in baseball. This offseason is the time for San Francisco to capitalize on a window of opportunity.
Here are five targets that would put San Francisco over the top in 2012.