By John Shea @real_johnshea on August 12, 2014
Santiago Casilla (RHP), Jeremy Affeldt (LHP), Jean Machi (RHP), Javier Lopez (LHP), Juan Gutierrez (RHP), George Kontos (RHP), Tim Lincecum (RHP)
Former closer Sergio Romo will become a free agent after the 2014 season and likely won't be back with the Giants next year. San Francisco already owes hefty multi-year contracts to Affeldt, Casilla and Lopez. Two-time Cy Young Award winner could very well become the highest paid bullpen arm in 2015.
Andrew Susac, Hector Sanchez
The Giants have been pleased with the showcase rookie catcher Susac has put forth is a small sample size this season. The 24-year-old Northern California native recorded his first career multi-hit game in defeat against the KC Royals on Sunday, recording four RBIs in 21 plate appearances in eight total games. Sanchez should reclaim his backup role, barring injury, whereas Buster Posey could make a positional switch.
Madison Bumgarner (LHP), Matt Cain (RHP), Tim Hudson (RHP), Francisco Liriano (LHP), Ryan Vogelsong (RHP)
The Giants will be in the market for at least one starting pitcher this offseason, even if Lincecum remains in the rotation. The Giants won't be big spenders in 2015, which makes targeting affordable pitching options a must. Another one-year deal for Vogelsong would make sense. It would also be logical to attain a lefty like Liriano.
Brandon Belt (LF), Angel Pagan (CF), Hunter Pence (RF), Emilio Bonifacio (UT), Gregor Blanco (OF)
The Giants' roundabout tirade of failure in left field needs to end. While re-signing Melky Cabrera would be intriguing, shifting Belt to left while moving Posey to first base is the most practical solution, especially if Susac continues to impress. Utility-man Bonifacio would also be a solid addition, given his ability to play infield and outfield.
Buster Posey (1B), Joe Panik (2B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Pablo Sandoval (3B), Joaquin Arias (UT), Marco Scutaro (2B)
The biggest decision the Giants face this winter is whether to offer Sandoval the gigantic contract he seeks. If the Giants re-sign Sandoval, their spending capabilities for remaining free agents will become severely limited. It's a deal the Giants need to make, though, even if Scutaro remains a question mark at second base.
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