What the San Francisco Giants are doing in the off-season

San Francisco Giants

Champions of the baseball world, all eyes are on the San Francisco Giants and how they prepare for the 2013 MLB season.

The 2010 and 2012 winners of the World Series have their work cut out for them if they want to repeat as champions.

The first step is to tie up loose ends and re-sign key players which the Giants have been busy doing.

After a successful playoff run followed by the demolition of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, the San Francisco Giants proved it takes a team effort and not just the play of one or two individuals to win ball games.

From the clutch hitting of Pablo Sandoval in the World Series to Matt Cain’s consistent pitching in the playoffs, the Giants rallied together as a team to win it all.

Several holes were left in the team after Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan intended to test the free agent market.

GM Brian Sabean worked hard and did what he does best as a GM and persuaded the dynamic duo to re-sign with the Giants.

Scutaro signed a 3-year, $20 million deal and Pagan was given a 4 year, $40 million deal.

Sabean also tied reliever, Jeremy Affeldt to a 3 year, $18 million deal. Tying down the core of the team, which propelled the Giants to a World Series win, was absolutely vital for success in the future.

Fan favourite closing pitcher Brian Wilson was non- tendered by the Giants but they are interested in re-signing Wilson, as reported by CBS Sports.

Wilson missed most of this season including the World Series but was instrumental in helping the Giants win it all back in 2010.

Wilson’s salary for 2012 was $8.5 million and the team declined to offer him a 20% less salary at $6.8 million under the current baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

Recent reports suggest he could stay with the Giants and the team could use a man of his abilities when it comes to closing out games.

Wilson has 340 career strikeouts and 171 saves recorded since his debut in 2006. Three moves that will surely please Giants fans, the possibility of re-signing Brian

Wilson and with a roster made up of Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Pagan, and Scutaro, Brian Sabean has moved quickly to ensure the Giants will be a favourite to win it all again in 2013.

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