NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It was a foregone conclusion that the Giants would exercise the 2014 options on the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Those moves occurred Tuesday, when club president and chief executive officer Larry Baer made official what was obvious.
"It's a no-brainer," Baer said at baseball's Winter Meetings.
In the wake of the Giants' two World Series triumphs in the last three years, Baer said that negotiating contract extensions for Sabean and Bochy beyond 2014 will occupy a prominent spot on his 2013 priority list. Baer noted that he already has addressed the subject in preliminary discussions with both men.
The Giants thus perpetuated the continuity that has separated them from virtually every professional sports franchise. Since the ownership group led by Peter Magowan gained control of the team before the 1993 season, the Giants have employed two general managers (Bob Quinn and Sabean) and three field managers (Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou and Bochy).
Sabean, who did not travel here due to illness, is entering his 17th season on the job, making him the Major Leagues' longest-tenured GM. He has been the architect of teams that recorded a 1,392-1,199 mark for a .537 winning percentage. He has overseen the First-Year Player Drafts that brought San Francisco key performers such as Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Sergio Romo, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Brian Wilson. Sabean also engineered deals since the beginning of last offseason for Marco Scutaro, Hunter Pence, Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera, George Kontos and Jose Mijares. All contributed to this year's title in varying degrees.
Bochy, who began managing the Giants in 2007 after 12 years as the skipper of the San Diego Padres, owns a 1,454-1,444 career record. He has steered teams to the postseason six times. Besides his pair of World Series appearances with the Giants, Bochy also reached the Fall Classic in 1998 with the Padres.
"What's not to like?" Baer said, regarding both men.
Bochy, 57, appreciated the club's moves.
"I love it in San Francisco," he said. "I'm thrilled to be here ... and for Larry to make this move, it's always a very nice thing and something that you're very thankful for. And I did. I thanked Larry."
Together, Sabean and Bochy have helped the Giants record four consecutive winning seasons, the team's longest such streak since 1997-2004.
"I couldn't be more fortunate to have Brian Sabean as my boss," Bochy said. "We have a great relationship. He's more than a boss. He's a friend and somebody that really spends a lot of time with me talking about the team, talking about baseball, ways to improve the club. I mean, he's passionate about the game, about the players, about the fans and about winning."