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Giants hires Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

Chef Dave Roberts # 30, General Manager Farhan Zaidi and bench coach Bob Geren # 16 of Los Angeles Dodgers…

CARLSBAD, San Diego County – Farhan Zaidi, who went to the star world in A’s organization and helped build two dodges that performed in the world series are Giants & # 39; New Chief, Chronicle learned Tuesday night.

Zaidi, who gets 42nd on Sunday, accepted Giant’s offer to run the baseball operation department and turn around a team that played badly in the last 2 1/2 seasons and has an old roster, many exaggerated contracts and a depleted farming system.

On Tuesday afternoon, A’s Director General David Forst called Zaidi as a “big candidate for that job” and quoted his long-time union with a team that came from two world series and knew the Bay Area and the National League West.

“I do not know what else to look for,” said Forst.

Zaidi left A: s, where he served as Assistant GM, to become Dodger’s GM in November 2014 After four years in Los Angeles, Dodgers was not about to get along to get a campaign in another organization.

Also with a long-standing rival.

“How we work,” Dodger’s president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told the GM meetings at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. “I feel we’ve lost a lot of employees over the last three over the years, but much of it is a result of the success we have had. I hope it will continue to happen in a strange way. “

The giants, who fired GM Bobby Evans on September 24th, had been looking for someone to replace not only Evans but the role of Brian Sabean, who had been the basebolt best decision maker since the late 90’s. The Sabean prefers to go back to a advisory role and focus on scouts, his roots.

CEO Larry Baer had said he wanted someone with a background in both analysis and scouting, and while Zaidi’s reputation for leaning against statistical data, Forst said, “This is the last guy who had pigeon holes as just an analyst. “

Zaidi holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in behavioral economics from Cal but obviously showed more when he interviewed Forst and Billy Beane.

” We originally hired Farhan because of his personality, not because of his doctorate or his analytics chops or anything, “said Forst, who made his commentary through to add, “We sat on the couch in Billy’s office and only had the hour call we had with him. Yes, it helped him go to MIT and try to get a doctorate in economics, but he would fit into us. When he left the room after the first interview, Billy and I were like: “This guy is amazing. He’s the guy.” “

Zaidi joined the A-century before the 2005 season as a baseball operator, focusing on advanced metrics, but over time he became more rounded to the extent that Forst said that he “fits well with the scouts and always wanted to be out with boys. “

It is believed that Zaidi would hire a GM, and it would not be surprising if Zaidi’s former colleague, Billy Owens, Oakland’s manager of gaming staff and assistant GM, is a candidate.

Owens has been in A’s organization for 20 years and has been reviewed at major league, amateur and international level and is also well-behaved in analytics. He stays tight with Zaidi.

“I absolutely think Bill O’s name should be considered whenever there’s a GM opening, “said Forst.

Forst himself was a candidate for Giant’s best job and called the possibility” flattering “but said about his role with the A, which last month gave him an extension of four years:” It was here I wanted to be. “

First, said the giants’ gig is considered one of the best in baseball in terms of location, market and resources.

” Absolutely. It is one of the premier organizations in the game, he says. “I’m quite comfortable saying it and sitting over the water watching the arena, that organization. Aside from the three titles of this decade, it’s San Francisco.

” It’s a beautiful stadium that they can sell when they is good. Larry’s done an incredible job to put them in position to be a jewel in the industry. “

John Shea is the San Francisco Chronicle’s National Baseball Writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

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