SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite knowing since February the organization would be tasked with hiring a new manager this offseason, the Giants are one of two teams left that have yet to finalize a decision.
Of the eight franchises that set out to hire a manager this fall, only the Giants and Pirates are still searching for their desired candidate.
After a horrible second half, the Pirates recently fired their team president and general manager and remain in total disarray. The Giants aren't in shambles, but many fans have wondered what's taking the team so long to hire their next manager.
With the vacancy remaining unfilled longer than many expected, we're evaluating the state of the search and attempting to provide answers to the most common questions about the Giants' process.
Where does the search currently stand?
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi indicated from the get-go that he planned to be as thorough as possible in interviewing a variety of candidates and eventually selecting Bruce Bochy's replacement.
The Giants are reportedly down to three finalists, including former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, current Astros bench coach Joe Espada and current Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol. With MLB's general manager meetings looming next week, it would make sense for the Giants to complete their search by the end of this week.
Zaidi has already met in person with each of the three finalists at least twice and it's possible he's spent part of this week engaging in a third round of discussions. It shouldn't take much longer to settle on a hire.
Why has the search taken so long?
It's actually mildly surprising six other teams reached decisions so quickly, in part because interviewing a wide range of candidates should give executives insight into how other teams conduct their business.