San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer recently told a local sports talk radio host that Arizona was his presumptive favorite to repeat as NL West champions in 2012.
To the loquacious Baer, the comment—offered during a wide-ranging, casual conversation following baseball's Winter Meetings—might have meant nothing.
To me, it was disarming, a wee bit disturbing and a reminder that there's work left for the front office to do before pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale, Arizona in less than two months.
Why was it disarming? Because Baer probably is right.
The defending division champion Diamondbacks finished ten games ahead of second-place San Francisco. Their offensive core is young. Their pitching, while not San Francisco's equal, was good enough before adding Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow.
Why was it disturbing? Because Baer and G.M. Brian Sabean have each suggested—prior to and since the Winter Meetings—that the Giants have no more major moves up their sleeves.
That has provoked discontent among some of the faithful.
So what should Baer and Sabean do between now and Spring Training? Here are 10 suggestions.