The San Francisco Giants fell off in 2011, after a strong 2010 season that resulted in a World Series victory. They didn't pitch as well, they didn't hit as well and the loss of their young anchor Buster Posey early in the season was a tough blow to recover from.
They finished the 2011 campaign with a very young team and talented team, but not a lot of veteran leadership or game changing ability. Luckily they play in the NL West and they are only a few key offseason moves away from being back at the top of their division, if not all of baseball.
The team strengthened their bullpen last week when they resigned Javier Lopez in addition to exercising Jeremy Affeldt's option for 2012. Those moves sure up their middle relief situation, but they still have a few other holes to plug.
The next five phone calls Brian Sabean makes should be to Jose Reyes and these other four critical free agents.