After sweeping away the confetti, hosing off the floor and remembering the unforgettable experience that was re-signing Matt Cain, the Giants would be advised to savor it with eyes closed and minds adrift.

That would be one way to avoid looking at their lineup and thinking about the immense challenge of creating offense.

Though securing Cain for at least five more years surely reduced anxieties about the pitching staff and the commitment of the reshuffled ownership group, it also leaves the franchise without some of the financial flexibility required to aggressively pursue power bats over the next couple years.

San Francisco's offense remains among the sickliest around, and it's going to be virtually impossible to feed it with Cain and Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito accounting for nearly half the payroll.