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Giants prepare extensions for Sabean, Bochy

Oct 1, 2009, 6:02 PM EDT

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Giants will re-sign both GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy to contract extensions.
Both are being rewarded for the Giants’ turnaround from a 72-90 team in 2008 to one that remained in contention until the final week of 2009.
It’s a definite case of good timing for both, in that their contracts came up after this year. Bochy is still just 229-254 in his three years at the helm of the Giants. Sabean benefitted from having one of the best players ever for the first 11 years of his reign, yet his teams advanced past the NLDS just once, losing to the Angels in the World Series in 2002.
Giving Sabean and Bochy three-year extensions isn’t something the Giants will want to do, but it’d be tough to do shorter deals without undermining them. This is a huge offseason for the team, what with Bengie Molina and Randy Winn coming off the books and Tim Lincecum ready to discuss an extension. The Giants simply must upgrade the offense and they have the flexibility to go about it in any number of ways; Pablo Sandoval and Aaron Rowand should be the only locks for the 2010 lineup, and Sandoval could play either third or first. Unfortunately, finding productive hitters is far and away Sabean’s biggest weakness and the Giants could be setting themselves up for another fruitless run by relying on him again.

  1. GiantFans - Oct 1, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    “Pablo Sandoval and Aaron Rowand should be the only locks for the 2010 lineup”……You haven’t seen many Giants games this year have you??
    Rowand is a solid defender, but he is an absolute bust at the plate for the Giants. Hasn’t hit 20 homers or driven in 90 runs since the Giants signed him and that was what they got him for. Great attitude and team player, but he is HORRIBLE in the clutch with runners on. Give the CF job to Eugenio Velez. Younger, faster, better hitter and just as good defensively.
    Giants are a big bat away from winning the division. If they sign either Jason Bay or Matt Holliday, they will be much closer. Bay in LF, Velez in CF and possible Jose Torres in RF next year. Leave Ishikawa at 1B, sign Freddie Sanchez to play 2B, Get rid of another bust (Edgar Renteria) needs to go. Give SS to Juan Uribe, who flat out played Renteria. Leave Panda at 3rd base and move Posey into the starting catcher spot. He is a blue chipper.

  2. Grant - Oct 2, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    1. RBIs will deceive you. Do not trust them.
    2. You’re right that Rowand is pretty mediocre.
    3. He makes 10 million a year. I bet he’ll get his playing time.
    4. Uribe is terrible. But so is Renteria, so have fun with that.

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