Giants hire Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi as Head of Baseball operations

The Giants announced Tuesday they have hired former Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi as the team’s new president of baseball operations.

“I am delighted to return to the Bay Area and to join one of the most storied franchises in the game,” Zaidi said in a statement. “I have watched the Giants from afar and I have great respect for the organization’s culture and accomplishments. I am excited about this new opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting right to work.”

Zaidi was named the Dodgers’ general manager in 2014.

Los Angeles made back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018. The team had not been to the Fall Classic since 1988.

San Francisco head of baseball operations Brian Sabean took a step back after the season. The Giants also fired general manager Bobby Evans in September after the team went a disappointing 73-89 following an offseason where it traded for All-Stars Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. Sabean remains with the team but his role is yet to be determined.

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Zaidi, 41, will report directly to Giants CEO Larry Baer and is expected to be given the authority to build out the rest of the front office, which will allow him to hire the franchise’s next general manager.

“We set out to find one of the best minds in baseball and Farhan’s many accomplishments and expertise exceeded our expectations,” Baer said. “Farhan is widely viewed as one of the top executives in our industry and we are thrilled to have him lead the next chapter of Giants Baseball.”

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. Despite a heavy analytical background, Zaidi has been lauded his peers for promoting the value of traditional scouting methods in each of his previous jobs.

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