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“Nobody thinks we should be done,” Baer said. “I think we want to get lots of people back, and he’s one of them. My favorite sign was ‘San Francisco, Happiest Place on Earth.’ That’s how we all feel about this. That’s what the goal is.”
NL West champion San Francisco completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night at Comerica Park. The Giants and the city celebrated with an orange-and-black parade through downtown Wednesday.
General manager Brian Sabean called it a priority to re-sign Scutaro, center fielder Angel Pagan and left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt. So far, he said, his staff has spoken only “informally” about what’s next as everyone wanted to get through Wednesday’s festivities before starting in earnest.
Scutaro, who celebrated his 37th birthday Tuesday and then partied some more with his teammates a day later before this group parts ways for the winter, said it’s a no-brainer he would like to return.
“What a question. Of course I want to come back,” Scutaro said. “Sometimes there are decisions you can’t control. I don’t know what they’re thinking, what other teams are thinking. I just have to wait. The only thing I can say is I hope everything works out because I want to come back here.”
So, what will it take?
“I want 15 years, three thousand million dollars,” Scutaro joked. “How do you like me now? I gotta go.”
Just like two years ago, the Giants brass is about a month behind in preparing for next season. Though vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans has said that’s a good problem to have when it means your team has won it all.
“Now is for celebrating,” Pagan said. “We’ll have time for that — negotiations. I have no words to describe how special this is to be able to bring this championship to this beautiful city. A lot of people told me before I came here how the fans are, the great fans. But actually to win a championship and experience it myself, I have no words. This is truly a blessing, and I hope I can come back next year, seriously. It would be great.”
Sabean has all five starting pitchers under contract for next season, but maintaining a dominant bullpen will be paramount for a GM who long has built his club around the pitching staff.
While Affeldt also acknowledged he would like to stay in San Francisco, he is seeking more than a one-year deal to give some long-term stability to his family with a wife and three young sons.
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