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Five best moves of a busy offseason for the Giants

Nick San Miguel
SF Giants fans have had to say goodbye to veterans Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence in the past few weeks. The Giants designated Sandoval for assignment on Thursday to clear a spot for Justin Smoak. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SF Giants fans have had to say goodbye to veterans Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence in the past few weeks. The Giants designated Sandoval for assignment on Thursday to clear a spot for Justin Smoak. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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The San Francisco Giants had a busy offseason. What were the five best moves made by the front office as the team continues to rebuild?

There were no blockbuster moves made by the San Francisco Giants this offseason. The focus was instead on adding short-term options who might be able to help out in a rebuilding year.

None of their moves were flashy, with the bulk of their activity centered around adding veterans on minor league deals or cheap short-term contracts. Most of the deals were low-risk, high-reward, and many of them were for just a single season.

During his first two offseasons in San Francisco, team president Farhan Zaidi has favored smaller contracts for smaller names, rather than big acquisitions that would excite the fan base but may risk future success.

The Giants certainly didn’t address every hole that needed to be filled. They still do not have a set closer and they still lack the power bat that they’ve been searching for since Barry Bonds retired.

Still, they made a number of moves that improved their middle infield depth, their bullpen, their starting rotation, and their outfield. Not all of their offseason acquisitions will make the Opening Day roster, but the moves will at least give the Giants options coming out of camp.

So let’s take a look at the five best moves that the San Francisco Giants made this offseason.

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