Giants promote four members of Sabean's inner circle
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TEMPE, Ariz. – In what could be a prelude to an extension for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy, the Giants announced promotions for four senior members of their baseball operations staff.

Vice presidents Dick Tidrow and Bobby Evans will add the title of assistant general manager title to their business cards.

Special assistant John Barr, who has been the club’s de facto amateur scouting director for the past five seasons, received the official title of Vice President and Assistant GM, Scouting and International Operations.

And Jeremy Shelley, the senior director of baseball operations and pro scouting, was promoted to Vice President, Pro Scouting and Player Evaluation.

“Dick, Bobby, John and Jeremy are longtime and trusted advisors who have each played a critical role in the success of our franchise,” Sabean said in a news release. “I am extremely fortunate to partner with such talented professionals who have helped guide this club to two World Series Championships and who have positioned us well for the future.”

Sabean is entering his 17th season as the Giants’ GM -- the longest tenure of any GM with his current club. But that’s not the only reason the Giants have the most continuity of any front office in the game.

Tidrow, their pitching guru and Sabean’s most trusted advisor, is in his 20th year with the team. Evans, who rose through the ranks, also is in his 20th season and has grown into the role of chief contract negotiator. Barr is in his 29th year in professional baseball and didn’t miss while overseeing his first draft in 2008, taking Buster Posey with the fifth overall pick. And Shelley, who began as an intern with the club 20 years ago while finishing his finance degree at Santa Clara, oversees advance scouting, special assignment scouting, manages data and provides quantitative analysis as part of the club’s player evaluation process.

Sabean and Bochy had their contract options for 2014 picked up earlier this offseason, but CEO Larry Baer is in active negotiations with both men about extensions. Bochy and Sabean already are believed to be among the highest paid men in their positions.

It’ll be business as usual and no duties have changed, but it’s a fair bet that all four members of Sabean’s inner circle will receive pay increases -- and it wouldn’t be out of character for Sabean to make sure his people received their rewards before he signed an extension of his own.