Report: Giants to offer Baker contractPosted: Friday October 04, 2002 1:42 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Dusty Baker, a three-time manager of the year who has never won a playoff series, is wanted by the San Francisco Giants.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting on Thursday that the Giants will offer Baker a contract even if the team loses in the National League Division Series to the Atlanta Braves.
Speculation was that Baker wouldn't receive a contract offer if the Giants were knocked out by the Braves in the NLDS. San Francisco is in the playoffs for the third time in the past six years under Baker, but lost in 1997 to Florida and in 2000 to the New York Mets in the NLDS.
Both Baker and Giants general manager Brian Sabean are in the last year of their contracts. Sabean has said he expects to sign a new deal with San Francisco, but Baker has been noncommittal.
"[The Giants] said they were going to wait until the end of the year to analyze my performance, but I can analyze too," Baker said Wednesday after San Francisco's 8-5 win over Atlanta in Game 1 of their NLDS.
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs are among the teams with managerial vacancies who may be interested in pursuing Baker, who signed a two-year contract worth $5.5 million after the 2000 season.
The Giants finished 95-66 and earned the wild-card berth in 2002.
Baker has a career record of 840-715 in 10 years with the Giants.
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