One year removed from their first-ever World Series, the San Francisco Giants need help. The team’s pitching is its backbone, but that is just about the only sure thing. Elsewhere around the diamond there is a slew of question marks.
The most popular answer is to find solutions is the free-agent market. However, the highest-profile players (i.e. Jose Reyes, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols) will command too large of a contract for the Giants to seriously get involved.
So that begs the question, what do the Giants do before the start of their 2012 campaign? They do have some money to spend and assets that can be traded. Here are five realistic moves the G-men should consider as they head into next year: