Giants extend contracts of Bochy, Sabean through 2019 season
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations leader Brian Sabean through the 2019 season Friday.
The Giants also announced that Sabean, the longest-tenured general manager in the majors, has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations. In addition, the team promoted vice president and assistant GM Bobby Evans to senior vice president and general manager, and named Jeremy Shelley vice president and assistant general manager of pro scouting and player evaluation.
Bochy, who had angioplasty surgery in February, had been signed through 2016 before getting his extension.
His new deal keeps Bochy under contract with San Francisco for three additional seasons, which is ideal for the 59-year-old skipper, who has guided the Giants to three World Series titles in the past five seasons.
''I couldn't have a better situation, who I work for, the players I have, the staff, the ballpark, the fans, the city,'' Bochy said before San Francisco's exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. ''I just love it here. This is the place to be for myself, my wife, my family. Now it's time to go out and make some new memories.''
The moves keep the two decision-makers most critical to the Giants' run of success - Bochy and Sabean - in the fold while freeing up Sabean to broaden San Francisco's scope in international scouting.
That's an area where the team has been lagging behind, according to Sabean.
''To stay current in today's game, you have to run out internationally at the spur of the moment,'' Sabean said. ''You have to be involved firsthand in developing your own opinions on your own players in your minor league system, including who to trade and who not to trade. What this really does is ensure us going into the future more quality control, more us getting ready potentially for a worldwide draft.''
Sabean, the architect of San Francisco's run of championships, will continue to have final say on all trades and free agent moves. But his new position will allow the former GM to be more hands-on in the scouting of international players as well as those already in the United States.
''There's a lot of talent on our team and I think it's time that we do it differently,'' Sabean said. ''In my case it will allow me to look at things a little bit more at my own pace. I won't be married to a day-to-day major league schedule.''
Giants President Larry Baer had said retaining Bochy and Sabean long-term was his top priority this offseason. He said the two are the foundation of three World Series champions and signify the franchise's strength and stability.
The team had hoped to make the changes before spring training, but needed time to work out all the details.
Evans has been Sabean's top assistant the past several seasons and has worked with San Francisco in a variety of capacities since 1994. Now he'll be the team's top negotiator and point man in free agency while still answering to Sabean and Baer.
''I'm not sure why they chose to do this in an odd year, but I'm trusting that it was well thought out,'' Evans said, joking about the Giants' pattern of winning titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
''It's been great to be a part of Brian's teams ... and I look forward to the challenge ahead.''
Shelley joins John Barr and Dick Tidrow as assistant general managers.