According to multiple reports on Tuesday evening, Farhan Zaidi will be leaving his general manager post in Los Angeles to accept the role of president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants.
Baggarly also indicated that Zaidi will be formally introduced by the Giants at a news conference on Wednesday at 1:00 PM Pacific time.
Zaidi’s departure comes on the same day that Dodgers’ hitting coach Turner Ward packed his bags for Cincinnati and three days after third base coach Chris Woodward assumed the managerial vacancy of the Texas Rangers.
The fact that the Los Angeles front office and coaching staff has been targeted by rival clubs after making back-to-back World Series appearances speaks volumes about the respect commanded by the Dodgers’ organization across baseball.
The addition of Zaidi brings an analytical and sabermetric outlook to the Giants’ franchise and marks a huge change in leadership from recently dismissed general manager Bobby Evans. Current San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy, who is one of few “old school” managers left in the game, will presumably be under Zaidi’s watch for the final year remaining on his contract.
Zaidi began his career as a data analysis sabermetrics assistant for the Oakland Athletics in 2004. He eventually worked his way up to director of baseball operations, then was promoted to Assistant GM in 2014. After the 2014 season, he was recruited by Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to assume the general manager role, becoming the first Muslim general manager of any American pro sports franchise.
There are no clear frontrunners known as of Tuesday evening favored to assume Zaidi’s vacated GM spot in Los Angeles.