As the sun sets on San Francisco Bay and the Giants' 2013 season, now is a great time to look back on the decisions made by general manager Brian Sabean and evaluate his performance over the past year.
Sabean is the longest-tenured GM in the majors. Under his direction, the Giants won world championships in 2010 and 2012, ending a drought that had dated back to 1954 in New York when the Giants last won a World Series title.
When the Giants won it all in 2012, they began the season with a team payroll of slightly over $131 million. The Giants entered this season with a payroll just under $137 million. On the surface, it appeared as though the Giants had a $6 million dollar increase, however, but that was not actually true.
Prior to the trade deadline last season, Sabean made deals to acquire Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro, so their final payroll for 2012 was actually in the $138 million range.
That is important to remember as we evaluate Sabean's performance this year. Let's take a look at some of the moves he made and those he has passed on since the 2012 World Series victory.
The bottom line is that 2013 has been a disappointing season, as injuries and subpar performances have hamstrung the team.
All salary information courtesy of Baseball Prospectus