The giants have replaced General Bobby Evans – kicked a few weeks ago – with Farhan Zaidi, the giants have…
The giants have replaced General Bobby Evans – kicked a few weeks ago – with Farhan Zaidi, the giants have announced. Throughout the day, the giants had offered Zaidi the job as president of baseball operations, but he offered the offer. He has since decided to be the responsible man for the first time in his career.
Zaidi was previously Assistant Director General of Billy Beane with A’s and the last four seasons has been General Manager of Dodgers, but he reported to club president Andrew Friedman. Zaidi is now the boss.
What he will bring to the giants is likely to be a change in the approach. The old regime of the giants ̵
1; while every baseball headquarters has an “analytics” department – was definitely one of the older school groups left in baseball. Zaidi comes from two organizations who are like a new school as someone.
An interesting under-story here is Zaidi, of course, knows a lot about the Dodgers organization, from the staff to how they evaluate players and more. Now he is responsible for his biggest and longest standing rival.
The giants are in a strange position. They have not competed with this group in the past two years. Now the following players are at least 30 years old and are locked up by at least 2021: Buster Posey, Evan Longoria, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt. Jeff Samardzija, 33, is unlocked until 2020. Madison Bumgarner is also targeting a free agency after the next season. With not much on the way from the farm, it seems that the giants are on their last legs with this championship core.
With that and Zaidi’s background in mind, it feels as if we see some creativity in some remodeling on the fly here. He is not the type to go with a “band-aid-on-broken-leg” target that the giants tried last winter. Certainly, Posey would never be traded, but could Zaidi gain some value and clear money by coping with some of the other names above?
He’d better figured it out soon. The hot stove is over us, with CC Sabathia on signing with Yankees on Tuesday night.