According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Giants are close to extensions for manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. Nightengale notes that Bochy and Sabean should thank the Dodgers and Cubs for Andrew Friedman earning $10 million annually and Cubs manager Joe Maddon earning $5 million annually.
Bochy and Sabean are already under control through 2016, but stability has proven important for professional organizations.
"It’s why the Sabean/Bochy tandem is the finest in the game, with the Giants’ ownership getting close to locking them up to extensions long past 2016. When the extensions become final, Sabean and Bochy can send thank-you notes to Dodgers president Andrew Friedman ($10 million per year) and Cubs manager Joe Maddon ($5 million per season) for upping the ante."
Bochy, 59, has spent nine seasons with the Giants and has a 667-629 record with three championships after spending twelve seasons with the Padres. He is undoubtedly headed to the Hall of Fame and it looks like he will be with the Giants until he decides to hang em up.
Sabean has been with the Giants organization for 18 seasons and has experienced it all. He has learned just about everything to do with team building leading the team to four World Series appearances and three rings. He’s made questionable signings, draft decisions, and trades, but it seems they all work out in the end.
The Giants and Athletics start their three game exhibition series tonight, April 2, on CSN California in San Francisco.