The San Francisco Giants head into the off-season with many unanswered questions about every aspect of their organization.
The biggest question will be who the San Francisco Giants hire to replace former general manager and long time front office member Bobby Evans.
San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer spoke at the time of the firing of Evans that they would be looking to add someone who would have complete control.
"“I think there will be a top person accountable,” Baer said. “I think it’s fully possible this person could ask to bring in some associates or colleagues.”"
Meanwhile, what is just as important is the questions Baer, vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean and anyone else in the room with the Giants asks each potential candidate.
We looked at some potential options to be hired for the GM job last week.
While the next GM might make decisions without Baer or Sabean’s interference, they may only be hired if they answer the questions about the Giants most important players they way that they want.
It’s possible that the Giants will stay out of the ultimate decisions about players and let the next person decide who to trade, who to hold onto and who to go after from other organizations.
That being said, it is clear that the team will not hire anyone without getting answers to specific questions about their current personnel and the direction they plan to go in.
What that direction is might be different from what fans are used to and there may be some long tenured Giants who end up somewhere else soon. Which players will remain is still a work in progress, but having a clear plan will be essential.
Here are five questions every candidate will need to answer before they are hired: