The Giants scored the NL's fewest runs last year, and they're adding Cabrera (who had the majors' fifth most hits in 2011) and Pagan (probably the new leadoff hitter) to replace outfielders Andres Torres (traded to the Mets for Pagan), Cody Ross (leaving as a free agent) and Pat Burrell (bound for retirement).
Also, Carlos Beltran is gone, a two-month rental as a Giant and now a Cardinal.
With the payroll set at $130 million and Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand (now an ex-Giant) taking up more than $30 million of that, there was little wiggle room to bring back Beltran or another top hitter, GM Brian Sabean said, especially with so much money earmarked toward the pitching staff.
So Cabrera and Pagan it is. The Giants hope they'll be the difference in their postseason pursuit.