Regardless of whether the San Francisco Giants make the postseason or not in 2011, they should already be thinking about 2012.
There are some major players that are up for free agency at the end of the season, and Prince Fielder and Jose Reyes are at the top of that list.
Either one would help the Giants tremendously, but there's no way that they have enough money to go after both, so which one is the better option?
There are so many good things to say about Reyes.
He has the ability to hit above .300 every year, and the capability to lead the league in stolen bases. Along with that, he is an excellent lead-off hitter and could do the Giants wonders at the top of the lineup.
Reyes is an all-around All-Star, and he will be a definite hot commodity in the offseason.
His hamstring. And that's about it.
Still, that's nothing to overlook. At this point in his career, Reyes has been injured countless amounts of time, including 2011.
While his performance on the field is incredible, it's anybody's guess as to whether he will stay healthy.
Prince Fielder has one of the most powerful swings in MLB. He can do wonderful things with his bat. If he has a productive final month, there is a chance he could go home with the National League MVP in his back pocket.
Considering the Giants don't have anyone with power close to Fielder's, it's obvious he would be a tremendous help.
Although Fielder is one of the most explosive players in all of baseball, the Giants would have to give him some major cash if they really want him to settle down in San Francisco.
We're talking Barry Zito money here.
AT&T Park isn't the best place for left-handed hitters either.
Are the Giants in need of a lead-off hitter? Yes. But even more so, they are in need of a power hitter (i.e. Barry Bonds).
While Fielder does not equal Bonds, he does equal 30 home runs and over 100 RBIs. Aubrey Huff, Brandon Belt, and Brett Pill will just have just find another position.