Just as he did two years ago, Bruce Bochy lifted the World Series trophy but came up short of winning the National League Manager of the Year award.
Bochy finished third in the voting, behind winner Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals and Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds.
Bochy also finished third in the voting in 2010 and has finished in the top three five times in his career. His lone Manager of the Year nod came in 1996, his second season with the Padres.
This year's World Series title brought plenty of acclaim for Bochy, who is putting together a Hall of Fame résumé that may be highlighted by a superb 2012 season. Even before guiding the Giants through six elimination game victories and a World Series sweep, Bochy was pushing the right buttons.
The Giants overcame early season-ending injuries to Brian Wilson and Freddy Sanchez and pushed past Melky Cabrera's PED suspension, Tim Lincecum's first-half slump, two Pablo Sandoval injuries and a slew of other issues.
"He lets us be ourselves and do our thing," right-hander Sergio Romo said during the postseason. "He had a lot of patience with us this season, which we needed. He let us come together as a team."
Blockbuster deal: The Miami Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so now they're trying a payroll purge -- shedding their biggest stars and their multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal.
The team agreed to trade starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder/infielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays, a league source confirmed to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel on Tuesday. Among the players the Marlins reportedly are getting back: shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, left-hander Justin Nicolino, and infielder Adeiny Hechavarria. Outfield prospect Jake Marisnick, right-handed pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Jeff Mathis also are believed to be part of the deal.
The deal comes less than a year after the Marlins added Reyes, Buehrle and closer Heath Bell in an uncharacteristic $191 million spending binge as they moved into a new ballpark. The acquisitions failed to pay off as the Marlins finished last in the N.L. East.
The Marlins have a long-standing policy of refusing to include no-trade clauses in contracts, making trades easier. Reyes has $96 million left on a deal expiring in 2018. Buehrle has $52 million remaining on a deal expiring in 2015.
In July, the Marlins parted with former N.L. batting champion Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Bell was traded to Arizona last month.
Phillies: The team agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with third baseman Kevin Frandsen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.