San Francisco Giants: 5 Major Storylines from the Hot Stove and Winter Meetings

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San Francisco Giants: 5 Major Storylines from the Hot Stove and Winter Meetings
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Has Brian Sabean done enough for the Giants to win in 2012?

The San Francisco Giants were hoping to get the big bat they needed this winter. With the winter meetings concluded, it does not appear that the Giants will be able to make a big splash this off season.

The Giants did re-sign pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez as left-handed relievers out of the bullpen.

Without the big bat the Giants coveted for their lineup, it appears they are counting on the return of Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez from injuries in 2011 in order to bolster their anemic offense. The Giants will also need big years from Pablo Sandoval and last year's disappointment, Aubrey Huff.

The key for the Giants to contend in 2012 is for their pitching to again be dominant and for one or two players make a big jump forward offensively, this upcoming season. Brandon Belt and Brett Pill are two potential candidates to step in and contribute offensively.

Let's take a look at what the Giants did this winter and also what they were not able to accomplish. Here are the top five Giants' storylines from the hot stove league and winter meetings.

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