Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 10/31/11
Offense is the Giants biggest offseason concern, but the team is taking care of the bullpen first, after announcing that they got lefty relievers Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt locked in for 2012. Lopez, who was scheduled to become a free agent, signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal. "I wrestled with wanting to test the waters, but ultimately trying to get back to the playoffs with these guys really made the decision easy," Lopez said to Chris Taft of MLB.com. "The pitching staff from top to bottom is special and being able to be a part of that excited me, too. "Knowing the coaching staff and how [manager Bruce] Bochy and Rags [pitching coach Dave Righetti] use us helped as well. Getting Buster [Posey] and Freddy [Sanchez] back will really be nice. Both guys can only add to our offense and they were really missed." During the 2010 season, Lopez made $2.375 million and earned it, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 53 relief innings pitched. He was, as one would hope, dominant against left-...
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