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Baker, Giants Reach Contract Deal

October 20, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Dusty Baker and the San Francisco Giants decided to keep their good thing going.

After a tense negotiation, Baker and the Giants reached agreement Thursday on a two-year contract extension that makes Baker the game’s second highest-paid manager.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but a source close to the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that Baker, who will enter his ninth year with San Francisco in 2001, will make more than $2 million per year, second only to Joe Torre of the New York Yankees, who makes $3 million. St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is scheduled to make $1.9 million next season.

``We’re all very happy about the outcome,″ Baker said. ``We think the terms are good for both sides. We’re very happy this could get done.″

Baker led the Giants to baseball’s best record at 97-65 and the NL West title this season. A two-time NL Manager of the Year in San Francisco, Baker is widely expected to win the award again this year.

But the Giants were knocked out of the playoffs in a four-game division series with the New York Mets, and Baker said the resulting fan criticism of his moves during the series forced him to think about his decision to return.

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