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Giants leave Meetings with work to be done

Outfield help is top priority as club also looks for third baseman, setup man
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Giants spent the Winter Meetings continuing their offseason-long efforts to make an impact move. But Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani eluded them shortly before the Meetings began, going to the Yankees and Angels, respectively. Then Miami traded Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis a day before the Meetings ended. Giants officials left the Meetings with general manager Bobby Evans' acknowledgment of "a sense of urgency to upgrade the roster" ringing in their ears.

What's next
Everything. The Giants still need outfield help. One player might barely suffice; two would be ideal. The Giants want a defensively competent center fielder and an offensively proven corner outfielder.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Giants spent the Winter Meetings continuing their offseason-long efforts to make an impact move. But Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani eluded them shortly before the Meetings began, going to the Yankees and Angels, respectively. Then Miami traded Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis a day before the Meetings ended. Giants officials left the Meetings with general manager Bobby Evans' acknowledgment of "a sense of urgency to upgrade the roster" ringing in their ears.

What's next
Everything. The Giants still need outfield help. One player might barely suffice; two would be ideal. The Giants want a defensively competent center fielder and an offensively proven corner outfielder.

Video: Evans comfortable going after Stanton

They remain on the lookout for a third baseman who's skilled enough to keep Pablo Sandoval on the bench and Christian Arroyo hungry.

Though the bullpen is an area that teams typically address last, the Giants won't want to pay too high a price through trade or in free agency if the market for competent relievers starts to spin out of control. So they'll also monitor this area carefully, given their need for a consistent setup man.

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Rule 5 Draft
The Giants plucked hard-throwing Julian Fernandez, 22, from the Rockies' organization with the No. 2 overall pick. San Francisco also lost right-hander Albert Suarez, who was taken by Arizona.

GM's bottom line
"It's probably much more active in terms of discussions than in results." -- Evans, describing the pace and character of the Meetings

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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