As was expected, Dodger general manager, Farhan Zaidi, has accepted the president of baseball operations position with e San Francisco Giants.
The move seemed like a sure-fire to happen once the formal offer was made on the morning of Thursday, November 6th. Zaidi, the general manager of the Dodgers since 2014 and second in command to president of ops, Andrew Friedman, would have shocked the world had he not taken the highest position one can hold in a Major League front office.
The move benefits the Giants greatly. After three straight horrid seasons in which San Francisco finished at or close to the bottom of the division, Zaidi will bring a winning mind and a highly analytical attitude to a team that could use a makeover.
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While the Giants just got a huge boost, the Dodgers will have to continue to roll with the punches of this offseason, looking to fill yet another coaching or executive position. This brings the total to three significant members, the other two being third base coach, Chris Woodward and beloved hitting coach Turner Ward.
The Dodgers could very look to higher former Rays vice president of operations, Chaim Bloom- a 35-year old executive who many have regarded as “a baseball genius”. Bloom’s history with the Rays could work to Andrew Friedman’s advantage as Friedman is also a product of Tampa Bay having formally served as their GM.
It will be interesting to see who the Dodgers will choose but one thing is for sure: the Dodgers offseason will be about more than just players as the staff is getting ripped apart.