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Giants find the right puzzle pieces

OFs Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco keeping San Fran afloat

Updated: June 21, 2012, 6:30 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Brian Sabean, in his 16th season as general manager of the San Francisco Giants, is quick to heed his inner voice when it tells him, "Go for it."

Last July, with the Giants hurting for offense and desperate to defend a world championship, he traded top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets for a two-month flier on Carlos Beltran. When the deal was done, Sabean looked at his top lieutenant, Dick Tidrow, and they acknowledged the long-term risks.

"It was an old-time ...

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