MLB Free Agents 2012: Hitters SF Giants Could Sign as Insurance for Buster Posey

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MLB Free Agents 2012: Hitters SF Giants Could Sign as Insurance for Buster Posey
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Losing Posey was a death knell to SF's 2011 playoff hopes

All signs point to a healthy Buster Posey returning to the San Francisco Giants lineup in 2012.

However, Giants GM Brian Sabean may need an insurance policy in case his recovery stalls. If so, who might he target? 

Perhaps a better question: who can he afford to target?

Barring a trade or infusion of another $10 million or so to the budget, it's implausible that Sabean can sign anyone of consequence as insurance in case of another delay for Posey.

And after doubling down earlier this week on bullpen specialists Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez, implausible may have become inconceivable. (A few of you might even believe it was irrational.) 

Few, if any, top free agents project as targets for San Francisco. Most are either too pricey or don't fit the club's needs. That leaves second-tier free agents or trades. Slim pickings, generally.

Here are five moves to protect Posey that Sabean could make. 

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