Originally posted on SF Giants Nirvana  |  Last updated 10/29/11

And with that, the Giants are no longer reigning world champions. The Giants failed to defend their title, failed even to make the playoffs, didn’t even come close to winning their division. 2011 was quite a ride nonetheless, and one of the best baseball seasons ever, culminating in a particularly exciting World Series.

Now, focus turns to the future. The Giants have an immensely flawed offense, and it’s not going to be easy to fix. That said, the NL West does appear to be somewhat wide-open, and with the right moves, the Giants can put themselves in good position to do what they failed to do this year: make the playoffs.

Over at the Chronicle’s Giants blog, Henry Schulman has some interesting information (and speculation) on the offseason to come:

  • The Giants might actually exercise Jeremy Affeldt‘s $5MM option, which suggests that Brian Wilson‘s health is a serious concern.
  • Schulman says not to be surprised if the first major announcement is a Matt Cain extension, something I looked at a while ago.
  • Lastly, he suggests they make a serious play at one of Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes, or Carlos Beltran, noting that their flush with cash and can afford such a move. Every indication is that they are seriously pursuing Beltran.
Oh yeah, and the Indians are expected to decline Grady Sizemore‘s option.

Anyway, the free agency period doesn’t begin until 12:01 AM ET on October 30th, as it has been delayed 24 hours. Via Troy Renck, the MLBPA will release the list of Free Agents and potential Free Agents on Sunday, October 30,” and “Players can sign with new teams on Nov. 3.”

This should prove to be a much more interesting offseason than the last one (remember when Miguel Tejada was the Giants’ biggest new addition?).

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