SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi has accepted a job as head of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had yet to make a formal announcement. Baseball executives are meeting this week for the GM meetings in Carlsbad, California.
Zaidi just completed his fourth year as GM for Los Angeles. His Dodgers won a sixth straight NL West title and reached the World Series each of the past two seasons.
In November 2014, the Canadian-born Zaidi departed his job as assistant GM of the Oakland Athletics to lead the Dodgers under Andrew Friedman. Zaidi earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2011.
So, Zaidi brings more of an analytical emphasis and strength. The Giants sought to upgrade their baseball operations department and take a “fresh approach,” as CEO Larry Baer put it.
“The most important thing is a great baseball mind,” Baer said at season’s end.
Zaidi is expected to have the flexibility to hire someone as GM under him. He spent 10 seasons with Oakland and received plenty of responsibility on Billy Beane’s staff, such as playing a key role in the acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes before the 2012 season.
The Giants dismissed GM Bobby Evans in September. San Francisco — which won World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14 — went 73-89 in 2018 and went a majors-worst 5-21 in September to miss the playoffs for a second straight year and third in four seasons.
With the A’s, Zaidi’s areas of expertise included providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. He also worked on arbitration cases, minor league contracts and worked closely with coaches to analyze data from advance scouting reports.
Zaidi previously served as business development associate for Small World Media, the fantasy sports division of The Sporting News, and also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the hiring Tuesday night.
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