Giants hire Farhan Zaidi as head of baseball operations

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

The Giants have replaced general manager Bobby Evans - who was sacked weeks ago - with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have announced. He has since made a decision to be the man in charge for the first time in his career.

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.

Zaidi will be tasked with finding a new GM.

An interesting sub-story here is Zaidi obviously knows a lot about the Dodgers organization, from the personnel to how they evaluate players and much more.

"I am delighted to return to the Bay Area and to join one of the most storied franchises in the game", said Zaidi, who turns 42 this coming Sunday.

The most recent casualty to what has been widely regarded as one of the best staffs in baseball is general manager, Farhan Zaidi. "I am excited about this new opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting right to work".

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a doctorate from UC Berkeley, Zaidi's first job in baseball came more than a decade ago as a data analyst with the A's.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on one half of the Dodgers' braintrust departing on twitter.

Both the Giants and Dodgers now have GM openings. 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.

The Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans in September. He was their director of baseball operations and was their assistant general manager before moving to Los Angeles. The Giants sought to upgrade their baseball operations department and take a "fresh approach", as Baer put it. After arriving from NY as the assistant general manager in 1993, Sabean was promoted from within and assumed his position after the Giants finished with 94 losses in 1996.

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