Adding capable table setters Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan was a nice tune-up, but not enough to position the 2010 World Series champs for a serious 2012 playoff run.
Fair of you to wonder: With a limited payroll, terrific pitching, the returns of Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez plus Cabrera and Pagan, is there a need for another run producer?
Yes. Serious playoff contenders have serious run producers.
The 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals had two hitters with more than 90 RBI (Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman) and a third (Matt Holliday) with 75.
In 2010, two Giants lineup mainstays (Juan Uribe, Aubrey Huff) drove in more than 80 runs apiece; two others (Buster Posey and Andres Torres) knocked in at least 60.
In 2011 no Giant knocked in more than 70 runs, consigning one of baseball's best pitching staffs and a devoted fan base to a year of utter frustration.
Entering 2012, three NL West clubs appear to have better cohorts of run producers than the Giants.
The defending champion Diamondbacks have Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Chris Young.
The Dodgers have Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and James Loney (the latter coming off of a down year).
The Rockies have Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Todd Helton and have added Michael Cuddyer.
(The Padres have zip.)
The Giants have hopes that Buster Posey shakes off the rust from a lengthy layoff and can play regularly; that Aubrey Huff's hangover is finally over; that Brandon Belt is the real deal, not a so-called AAA guy.
They don't have a proven big stick that can be counted on to drive in 100 runs.
So, acknowledging that we're entering suspended-reality (and disregarding advanced offensive metrics in favor of pure run-producing power), I offer my last wish list of 2011: 10 big bats, any one of which could help jolt the Giants' offense to life.