What's next for the San Francisco Giants? Well, how 'bout a parade back in San Fran, with the expectation that starting pitcher Jake Peavy will buy a trolley to ride in the parade. (He rode a duck boat last year to celebrate the Red Sox's World Series win in their parade.) After the parade, the Giants will prepare for speaking engagements, vacations and an eventual trip to the White House to celebrate their third championship in five years.
In terms of baseball operations, there's a lot of work ahead for GM Brian Sabean, assistant GM Bobby Evans and manager Bruce Bochy. On the top of the their list is trying to retain their key free agents, starting with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, starting pitchers Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong, and setup reliever Sergio Romo. Both Sabean and Evans told me they didn't think they could afford to bring them all back, and Sabean added that the team's payroll will not spike in 2015 despite the World Series win. Evans said it might come down to what players want to return the most and are willing to accept salaries within the team's budget.
Sandoval will be the team's top priority, but it will not be an easy sign after baseball's new Mr. October dominated the postseason once again.