Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi May Sign with Giants
MLB.com’s, Jon Paul Morosi reported on Monday, November fifth that Dodgers’ general manager, Farhan Zaidi could receive an offer from the San Francisco Giants were he would be expected to take over the President of Baseball Ops position.
The Dodgers have depended on Zaidi for the last five seasons after the former sabermetrics analyst left the Oakland A’s to join the Dodgers as the general manager.
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Zaidi, a student of the game, graduated from MIT with a bachelor of science degree before attending the University of California, Berkley where he earned his doctorate of philosophy in economics. Zaidi then went on to the Athletics front office where he worked under Billy Beane. Beane credits Zaidi for the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and called Zaidi “absolutely brilliant”.
Zaidi joined the Dodgers in 2014 and worked alongside President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman to pilot the Dodgers to five straight division titles under their reign, two World Series appearance and an NLCS appearance.
But, the San Francisco Giants are looking to make big changes in their organization after three straight terrible seasons. Zaidi, a brilliant baseball executive, makes perfect sense to captain the rebuild in San Francisco.
Both Zaidi and the Giants have not commented on the situation.
If we were to speculate, let’s pretend Zaidi leaves the Dodgers for a more prominent role with a bigger contract. Andrew Friedman would be left to fill in a huge hole in the Dodger staff but could do so with someone who worked in the organization that just saw incredible success, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Chaim Bloom, the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations in Tampa Bay has been a big name on the rumor mill. The Giants and the Mets have interviewed Bloom this offseason to fill vacancies in their front offices and if Zaidi leaves the Dodgers, he could be a great interview in LA.
Bloom, like Zaidi, has a reputation for being very smart and is a strong decision maker. He is also just 35-years old.
The ideal scenario is everything stays as-is: Zaidi stays with the Dodgers and they continue on with the offseason. But, should Farhan Zaidi choose to take on a potential role with the Giants, the Dodgers will have a busy offseason filling holes on the field and in their office.