From MLB Trade Rumors:
The Giants announced that they extended the contracts of GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through 2013. The deals for Sabean and Bochy include team options for 2014.
“They have effectively built and fostered a winning tradition at all levels of our organization,” incoming CEO Larry Baer stated. “I have no doubt that they will achieve continued success for the Giants in the coming years and beyond.”
Every MLB team has changed GMs at least once since the Giants promoted Sabean in 1996. The 55-year-old is in the midst of the longest run by a GM in Giants history. He has led the team to five postseason appearances, two NL pennants and a World Championship in 15 seasons.
So there you have it. Boch and Sabes will be around for at least two more years, meaning you won’t have to worry about changing the domain on your “firebriansabean” websites.
It’s hard to argue with the success that they’ve had. Despite the complaints about their perceived ignorance of advanced metrics, few teams have been able to match the success of Sabean and his management team in the modern era. Aside from having the best pitching staff in the game, they have a potential 3-4-5 package through the next decade in Sandoval, Posey and Belt along with promising young players in Crawford and Gary Brown.
Assuming things don’t fall apart over the next two seasons, the Giants can also exercise a team option for both men in 2014. This is also helpful in that it allows both Sabean and Bochy to take a long-term perspective when it comes to locking down the pitching. Obviously they will be more eager to get both Cain and Lincecum on long-term deals when they know that they will be around in two or three years to reap the benefits.
All in all, a good move. Now if we can just get the same deal for Timmy and Matt, perhaps with the promise of a solid hitter to have their backs…