NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Giants' players executed nearly flawlessly while storming to a World Series sweep. As it turned out, the men who put the team together were just as efficient.
The Giants reached a three-year deal with second baseman Marco Scutaro late Tuesday night at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, checking off the third and final box on the to-do list for the first few weeks of the offseason.
Having made no secret they hoped to bring free agents Scutaro, center fielder Angel Pagan and reliever Jeremy Affeldt back into the fold, the Giants -- with Scutaro's $20 million deal -- re-signed all three for a combined $78 million.
Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, joked after the championship parade that he was looking for "15 years, three-thousand million dollars." Ultimately, the year that became the sticking point was the third one. The Giants had hoped to sign Scutaro to a two-year deal with an option for a third year, but Scutaro was a popular target in a market flush with cash and devoid of dependable middle infielders, forcing the team to guarantee all three years.
Scutaro was as automatic as it gets after being acquired at the trade deadline, hitting .362 for the remainder of the regular season and then .328 in the playoffs. The Giants were eager to bring Scutaro and Pagan back to anchor the top of the lineup during a bid for a repeat, and they now have every starting position player except Hunter Pence locked up through the 2014 season.
Earlier in the night, manager Bruce Bochy said he was eager to take another shot at a title with the same group that came together so perfectly in the postseason.
"This is a club with a lot of talent," Bochy said. "I know how tough it is just to get there, but you have to have that confidence, especially when you've done it, that, 'Hey, we can do it again.' "
The Giants will try to do so with the same cast, and Tuesday, they downplayed any concerns about going forward with a second baseman who turned 37 two days after winning his first World Series title.
"If he can survive (a collision with Matt) Holliday at second base, it gives me a lot of confidence that he can (play) into his late 30s," vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans joked. "This guy is a hard worker and has a pretty good history of being healthy."
The Giants believe Scutaro can be similar to Omar Vizquel, who was a productive shortstop for the Giants at a similar age. Scutaro is also believed to be fresher than most players his age because he wasn't a full-time starter early in his career.
He'll get the full workload once again next season, and the Giants wouldn't have it any other way.
"We're in no-brainer land with this one," Baer said. "Next year, sometime in 2013, we will talk about new deals for 2015 and beyond. One of the hallmarks of the Giants and chief reasons for our success is the stability there and the competence with which they do their jobs.
"The results speak for themselves."
The Giants expanded their payroll during the 2010 and 2012 seasons to add to clubs that became World Series champions, and Evans said the baseball operations staff has been given flexibility to expand again if the right piece comes along.
"That's the mantra: See what needs to be done to get back (to the World Series)," Baer said.
"I need a trimmed down version of the Panda," Bochy said, smiling. "You've got to get that winter coat off."
Asked how he felt about Sandoval's weight after a three-homer performance in Game 1 of the World Series, Bochy laughed.
"At that point, it was feed the Panda," he said. "We didn't care."
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