The Giants, winners of three of the last five World Series, rewarded the architects of that successful run on Friday, announcing contract extensions for general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy along with a promotion for Sabean.
Sabean and Bochy, who had been signed through the 2016 season, were both extended through the 2019 season, the Giants said. Terms of the extensions were not announced.
The Giants also shuffled their front office, promoting Sabean to executive vice president of baseball operations and promoting former assistant GM Bobby Evans to senior vice president and general manager. The Giants named Jeremy Shelley as their new VP and assistant general manager of pro scouting and player development.
President Larry Baer said in a release that his "top priority this off season" was keeping the Giants’ baseball management team together. "Brian and Bruce form the foundation on which all three Championship teams have been built," Baer said. "The strength and stability of Giants baseball is a direct reflection of the strength and stability of the partnership of these two men."
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Sabean is the longest-tenured general manager in baseball, having taken that position with the Giants in 1997. The Giants have won three World Series, four National League pennants and five N.L. West titles during his tenure and are one of three teams (also the Yankees and Cardinals) to reach the World Series four or more times in that span.
Bochy is entering his ninth season managing the Giants, who have gone 667-629 under his guidance. Last fall, Bochy became just the 10th manager in major-league history to win three World Series titles, the other nine of whom are all in the Hall of Fame. The Giants have never lost a postseason series under Bochy.
According to the Giants’ release, in his new position Sabean 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."
Evans, who is entering his 22nd season with the Giants, will "(assist) 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."
Shelley, who is also entering his 22nd season with the Giants, oversees pro scouting at the major and minor league levels.