SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are close to announcing officially that they'll retain general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy, whose job security rose this year with the club's performance. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Sabean and Bochy definitely would return, without attributing the development to any source, named or unnamed. Various Giants personnel refused to comment, though for weeks all signs have pointed to both men receiving new deals. Bochy often has declined to speak about next year's club, given his uncertain job security. Thursday, he also refused to comment about his contract status. But before Thursday's 7-3 Giants victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bochy discussed offseason fitness programs for right-hander Tim Lincecum and third baseman Pablo Sandoval as if he had an active interest in them.
Managing general partner Bill Neukom has repeated that he wouldn't make an official announcement regarding Bochy and Sabean until after the regular season. But he has expressed satisfaction with the club's improvement, which resulted in its first winning season since 2004, and the organization's efforts in the First-Year Player Draft. Lincecum endorsed Bochy's return. "I hope he comes back because I like playing under him and he gives me and a lot of players the freedom to be themselves in here," Lincecum said. "That has been a key to why we've been so good." Rich Aurilia, the veteran infielder who has spent 11 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Giants, supported the Sabean-Bochy team. "We've performed way better than expectations," Aurilia said. "If you're basing them coming back on what we've done, of course they deserve to be back. I've known Brian for 15 years and I know he wants nothing more than to win. Every move that he makes is designed to help this team win. Some work, some don't. But the thought put into them is to help us win. Boch has won before and I'm sure he's going to win again." Sabean became San Francisco's general manager on Sept. 30, 1996. The Giants have reached the postseason or a Wild Card playoff berth five times under his leadership, all between 1997-2003. Bochy managed the San Diego Padres for 12 seasons before taking over the Giants prior to the 2007 season. They finished 71-91 that year and 72-90 last season before relying on a formidable pitching staff to post an 86-73 record through Thursday.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.