Giants hire former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 8, 2018

Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was officially named San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations. "I am excited about this new opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting right to work".

The Giants have missed the postseason the past two seasons after winning three World Series titles in five years earlier this decade.

Farhan Zaidi, Los Angeles Dodgers general manager, left, speaks as Dave Roberts, right, looks on during a press conference to introduce Roberts as the new Los Angeles Dodgers manager at Dodger Stadium on December 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Now, San Francisco has one who is armed with inside knowledge of its greatest rival.

The most recent casualty to what has been widely regarded as one of the best staffs in baseball is general manager, Farhan Zaidi.

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Both the Giants and Dodgers now have GM openings.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and earned a Ph.D.in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 while with the A's. Despite a heavy analytical background, Zaidi has been lauded his peers for promoting the value of traditional scouting methods in each of his previous jobs. San Francisco hadn't suffered back-to-back sub-.500 seasons since 2007-2008, but even with one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, the Giants didn't have the firepower to compete for a playoff berth. The Dodgers made the World Series each of the past two seasons.

The Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans in September. In 2009 he was promoted to from a baseball operations analyst to director of baseball operations, and in 2014 held that role in addition to assistant general manager.

Their president, Larry Baer, launched his search by saying the franchise longed for a "Next-Gen" executive to run baseball operations.

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