The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series twice in the last three seasons. During that span, they've won six consecutive postseason series, making them only the third team to accomplish that feat in the division-play era.
The Giants dynasty has been in the making for ten years now. General manager Brian Sabean, the longest tenured GM in the game, began preparing for life after Barry Bonds back in 2002 when the slugger was at the apex of his abilities.
It should be noted that Sabean is far from alone in the executive offices at AT&T Park.
Front office executives, including Dick Tidrow, John Barr, Bobby Evans, Tony Siegle, Jeremy Shelly, Yeshayah Goldfarb, Paul Turco, Fred Stanley and scouts like former players Pat Burrell and Brian Johnson, form a team of high-level baseball people that Sabean has relied on to acquire championship talent.
The coaching staff, led by manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti, have done an excellent job of getting the most out of what the front office has given them to work with.
Bochy does a tremendous job of communicating with his players, managing the bullpen and allowing the personality of his team to shine through. His lack of ego has been a key in getting his players to accept their roles and put the team first regardless of their personal satisfaction.
In 2008, when Fred Lewis was the team's best hitter, Brian Bocock was the Opening Day shortstop, Jose Castillo was the third baseman, Aaron Rowand and Barry Zito were albatross contracts and the team was enduring a fourth straight losing season, talk of a future dynasty would have been insanity.
Alas, the Giants haven't had a losing season since that miserable 2008 season. Though they missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2011, they still managed 88 and 86 wins in those two seasons. In 2010 and 2012 they won the NL West, the pennant and the World Series.
While there are many transactions that have pushed the Giants to two World Series titles, this article will focus on 10 key transactions in the order in which they took place.