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Odds for next Giants manager to replace Bruce Bochy brings wild names

Odds for next Giants manager to replace Bruce Bochy brings wild names

The 2020 Giants will look a lot different than we're used to. Sure, you can expect Buster Posey and some other familiar names to still be on the field, but the biggest change will be who's leading the team. 

Bruce Bochy is hanging up his roster card after the 2019 season. He is retiring after 13 years managing the Giants, plus 12 more with the Padres before his tenure in San Francisco. 

So, who is next in line to manage the Giants? Sportsbook BetDSI has released the first round of odds, and their list is quite interesting -- in both a realistic sense and outrageously comical.


The favorite 

Right away, this one is ... well, bad. 

Matt Williams is a former first-round pick of the Giants, and he lived up to the hype. Over 10 years in San Francisco, Williams was a four-time All-Star, won three Gold Glove awards at third base and three Silver Sluggers. As a manager, however, his resume is less impressive. 

Looking purely at his record, Williams' isn't one to scoff at. In two seasons as the Nationals' manager, he went 179-145 and was named the 2014 National League Manager of the Year. But when it mattered most, Bruce Bochy's Giants ran circles around Williams and the Nats in the 2014 NL Division Series. 

And when Washington fell apart in the second half of the 2015 season, Williams completely lost control of the clubhouse. One player even called playing under Williams a "terrible environment" when things weren't going right.

Williams is in his second season as the A's third base coach. 

Crossing the Bay 

Speaking of the A's, the name right under Williams is one the Giants should take a long look at. 

Eric Chavez, who won six Gold Gloves as a standout third baseman for the A's, is a young manager in waiting. It appeared he was next in line for the Angels when the franchise named him their Triple-A manager in August of last season, but the team went with Brad Ausmus to replace Mike Scioscia.

Chavez, 41, currently serves as a special assistant to Angels general manager Billy Epler, but he could make his way down to the field soon. As in as soon as 2020. He has experience as a player, coach and the front office at his young age, making him an intriguing option for any franchise looking for a new face to lead their big league club. 

Familiar faces

Matt Williams isn't the only name on this list that has Giants connections. Far from it actually. 

Here are all the other names BetDSI includes that have Giants ties as either a player, coach or broadcaster: Mike Matheny, Omar Vizquel, Ron Wotus, Carlos Beltran, Dusty Baker, Will Clark, Barry Bonds, Chili Davis, Randy Johnson, Buster Posey, Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, and Jon Miller.

The reality is, probably none of those names -- the realistic or comical -- will be the Giants' next manager. We'll get to that later.

Kruk & Kuip

The year is 2020. You're drinking the world's most rrrrrrrrreeeeeefreshing beer, Kruk and Kuip are co-managers, and they're mic'd up. That's entertainment. You're welcome.

Buster Posey, Giants "ploach" 

The last full-time MLB player-manager was Pete Rose. And ... we know how that turned out. Posey has put together a Hall of Fame career, and we'd rather see him in Cooperstown than banned from baseball. 

But, perhaps Posey could be a manager one day as he constantly displays his leadership. Plus, he's already the eyes of the field behind the plate, no matter how bad you want him at first base instead of catcher. The accolades are already there, too -- Rookie of the Year, MVP, six-time All-Star, and three-time World Series champion ... just to name a few. 

The reality

Back to reality. The Giants could go in-house with options like Wotus or Hensley Meulens. Both are worthy candidates who have put in their dues. But, this is a new regime as we've seen all offseason. 

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Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is sure to have names in mind. There are tons of names Zaidi will consider that haven't even been mentioned here, too.

For now though, let's soak in one last season of Bochy Ball.

Giants offered Madison Bumgarner four-year contract just above $70M

Giants offered Madison Bumgarner four-year contract just above $70M

For years, the formula at Oracle Park was simple. Draft and develop contributors and then lock them up to lucrative extensions. 

It was a plan that kept Giants fans and players happy, but over time it became clear it was not sustainable. The Giants are more pragmatic these days, and that showed in the negotiations with Madison Bumgarner. The Giants were in it until the end, but Bumgarner ultimately found more money elsewhere.

The Giants offered a four-year deal just above $70 million, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. That fell short of the five-year $85 million deal Bumgarner reportedly has agreed to with the Diamondbacks. The Giants presented a higher average annual value but were unwilling to go to a fifth year for Bumgarner, who turned 30 in August. 

It’s unclear if anyone else out there was willing to offer the fifth year that ultimately may have been a tipping point. Bumgarner’s side sought a deal in excess of $100 million over the last week, meeting with the Giants and Dodgers at the Winter Meetings as the left-hander’s market started to come into place. 

While the Dodgers were serious about their pursuit, they never intended to get into the $100 million range. Instead, it was another NL West team that stepped up with the winning offer. 

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There would be no hometown discount this time. Bumgarner signed his first long-term deal as a 22-year-old, taking lifetime security and $35 million guaranteed, with two option years that were picked up. When he hit free agency for the first time, Bumgarner looked to make up for that below-market deal. The Diamondbacks were the ones most willing to help him do that. 

Madison Bumgarner to D-backs: Giants' Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford react

Madison Bumgarner to D-backs: Giants' Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford react

Every MLB roster goes through changes year after year. The Giants are no different.

But since May 2011, there have been three consistencies in San Francisco: Buster Posey has been behind the dish, Brandon Crawford has been at shortstop and Madison Bumgarner has been in the starting rotation. The final part of that equation is no more. 

Bumgarner reportedly agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. There he will join former Giants catcher Stephen Vogt, and play his old teammates plenty of times as he stays in the NL West. 

Posey praised Bumgarner for his competitiveness, and told The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly that he's looking forward to facing MadBum. 

Baggarly also got a hold of Crawford, who admitted it "definitely will be weird" hitting off Bumgarner. 

Bumgarner and Posey won three World Series rings together, with Crawford being a part of the final two. But the amount of times Posey caught the lefty truly is wild to look at. 

[RELATED: Bumgarner leaving shows Giants now in full-blown rebuild]

The 30-year-old Bumgarner has pitched in 289 regular-season major league games. Posey has caught 228 of them. He has been in the squat for 1,451 1/3 innings of Bumgarner's 1,846 innings pitched in the regular season. The two were battery mates many, many more times in the playoffs as well. 

With the Giants moving on from Bumgarner, it's clear a full rebuild is going down in San Francisco. We might be counting down Posey and Crawford's playing days here, too.