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Monday, June 03, 2019

Zaidi set to embark on first Draft with Giants

In about 50 words
This will be a pivotal Draft for the Giants, who are looking to restock their farm system and improve their organizational depth after losing 187 games over the last two years. While the Giants rode a core of homegrown stars to three World Series championships in the first half of this decade, they have traded away recent top Draft picks and missed on others, drying up the flow of impact talent in their pipeline.

What they’re saying
Holmes had served as the A’s assistant scouting director since 2009 and will take over for John Barr, the man responsible for drafting franchise star Buster Posey with the fifth overall pick in 2008. Barr remains in the Giants’ front office, and he will be available as a resource to Holmes and the rest of the amateur scouting department this year.

“Michael, I’ve been in 10 draft rooms with him,” Zaidi said at the Winter Meetings. “A lot of successful A’s Drafts, I know how important he was to those. I think for him to inherit a staff that’s produced many big leaguers, many guys that were key members of the world championship teams, for him to have John’s counsel going forward is going to be a huge asset for him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi expresses thoughts on WAR, Buster Posey’s value

Ever since the Giants hired Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations this past offseason, there have been battles between talking heads arguing on the basis of traditional baseball stats and advanced metrics.

Zaidi, who earned his bachelor of science degree at MIT and his PhD at Cal Berkeley, is widely seen as a baseball mind that leans on analytics. So-called baseball fans who don’t want the game to evolve argue that he’s using too many numbers to try and change the game. At the same time, Zaidi has help lead highly successful teams with the A’s and Dodgers.

So, what are his thought on WAR (Wins Above Replacement)?

“Yeah, I think it’s a good measure on how a guy has produced in the past,” Zaidi said Wednesday on KNBR. “I think it’s a nice, valuable back of the envelope calculation for how much value a specific player brought you.”

Problem is, said value for Posey more or less requires him to stay as a catcher- at this point, his value above replacement level is chiefly connected with his defensive play and position.

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, farhan zaidi, giants, war

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The numbers behind Farhan Zaidi’s busy first offseason with Giants

LOS ANGELES—It seemed a lock that at some point in his first offseason with the Giants, Farhan Zaidi would deal bullpen depth for a starting outfielder. The new president of baseball operations was even open about the calls he was getting on guys like Will Smith and Tony Watson, along with his desire to deal for outfield help.

On Thursday, Smith, Watson and the rest took their place in the bullpen. Connor Joe and Michael Reed started in the outfield corners. That’s not what was expected.

“It was a deep reliever market in free agency this offseason, and we liked our relievers—they weren’t kind of just fodder for us to trade and acquire other pieces,” Zaidi said when discussing the roster Thursday. “A deal like that certainly made sense on paper, but we didn’t line up on anything that made sense for us.”

That doesn’t mean it was quiet on the transaction wire. Zaidi came up short on his high-profile pursuit of Bryce Harper and didn’t really dip into the rest of the free agency market much, but he certainly kept busy. On Opening Day, there were 12 new faces on the 40-man roster.

In case you’ve ever been curious, a consideration of the moves a GM can make during a single offseason.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Farhan Zaidi believes Giants bullpen can be one of baseball’s best

SAN FRANCISCO—The belief throughout much of the offseason was that Farhan Zaidi would trade his best relievers in order to get pieces that could help the Giants win in future years. Recently, Zaidi put his own twist on that plan when asked if he could still swing deals centered around bullpen arms.

“It definitely is a position of depth for us,” he said. “We’ll kind of continue to listen because I think it’s a relative position of depth, but I think for us to be successful with the composition of this club, we’ll have to have one of the best bullpens in baseball.”

The Giants are not on anybody’s list of contenders, and they haven’t significantly upgraded a club that’s lost 187 games the past two seasons. But that also doesn’t mean they’re raising the white flag in March, especially not Bruce Bochy’s last one with the club, and Zaidi believes the bullpen can help keep this team in the race.

Ah, spring- when hope springs eternal….

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
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