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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

This changes everything: Giants president Farhan Zaidi agrees to a five-year deal – The Athletic

Friedman and Zaidi may be competing for the same guys.

And how’s this for intrigue? Before the Giants and Dodgers meet on the field next season, Zaidi and Friedman could find themselves in a more immediate form of competition. Zaidi is almost certain to hire a GM. Friedman, unless he decides to keep Zaidi’s former chair empty, will be in the market for one, himself. And here’s betting their lists will have some overlap.

Will Zaidi seek to renew with Billy Owens, his former colleague with the A’s? Or would he be attracted to someone more like-minded with which to collaborate and spark ideas? Would he value an executive with administrative skills? Or a more traditional scouting background? Is it possible that the Giants already have vetted some of the possible candidates (Kim Ng, Jason McLeod, Chaim Bloom, Matt Arnold, Mike Elias, etc.)?

Zaidi should find no shortage of qualified people eager to work in a front office where out-of-the-box thinking will be encouraged.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Treder Posted: November 07, 2018 at 12:04 PM (#5783664)
It's the first major reorganization of the Giants' front office since 1996-97, and despite the team's run of general success in the Brian Sabean era, this is long overdue.
   2. Mark Armour Posted: November 07, 2018 at 12:26 PM (#5783691)
Obviously it depends on all of the other people Zaidi hires, but I believe that he was the most important hire Freedman made in LA, and represents a huge talent shift up I-5.

   3. base ball chick Posted: November 07, 2018 at 01:51 PM (#5783756)
wonder if mike fast and sig mejdal are headed there
   4. Walt Davis Posted: November 07, 2018 at 03:47 PM (#5783842)
I take this as a sign MLB is not going to come down too hard on the Dodgers for their Latin American operation.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: November 07, 2018 at 03:48 PM (#5783844)
Is Sabean still GM/superscout emeritus?
   6. Steve Treder Posted: November 07, 2018 at 03:53 PM (#5783851)
Yes, although how real or how ceremonial his role will now be is unknown.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: November 07, 2018 at 04:14 PM (#5783885)
Seems like he's mostly in it for the paid trips to the Caribbean.
   8. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: November 07, 2018 at 04:21 PM (#5783891)
Fast joined Atlanta.
   9. bumpis hound Posted: November 07, 2018 at 05:07 PM (#5783946)
Good move. Should make for an interesting offseason.

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