We heard rumblings about pending extensions for Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean, but the official news came with something of a twist. Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean were indeed extended for the three seasons following this one, locking them up through 2019. However, the move for Sabean also came with a new job title: Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations. Bobby Evans was promoted and is now the General Manager.
Here's how the official press release describes it:
Baer also announced that Sabean has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the Giants’ baseball department, including the immediate and long-term development of the major and minor league systems and the team’s growing scouting and international operations.
Giants Vice President and Assistant GM Bobby Evans has been named senior vice president and general manager and will manage the day to day operations of the baseball department. Entering his 22nd season with the Giants, Evans assists Sabean in all Major League and amateur contract negotiations, player acquisitions via trade or free agency and all areas of major and minor league operations.
In other words, not much has changed as far as who decides which players the Giants should acquire or trade or release or glare at when they make stupid comments after signing with the Red Sox. Still, after 18 seasons, the Giants have a new GM. It looks like this will be a partnership along the lines of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi with the Dodgers, or Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer with the Cubs. This sort of double-barrelled transaction cannon is something of a trend, then.
Bochy and Sabean weren't going anywhere unless they wanted to bolt or the team was contracted. That much we knew. The GM thing, though, is mighty interesting. Congratulations to Bochy and Sabean, and congrats to Evans. Do good baseball things, baseball people.