Dodgers GM bolts for Giants as arch rivalry takes new twist

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

The Giants have replaced general manager Bobby Evans - who was sacked weeks ago - with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have announced.

Still, the job was officially offered to Zaidi with it reported the decision was up to him. He has since chose to be the man in charge for the first time in his career.

Zaidi spent the last four years as the Los Angeles Dodgers' General Manager after joining the club in November 2014.

"Since our last game, I've been more of an HR director than anything else", Friedman said Tuesday at the GM Meetings here at the Omni La Costa Resort. "I have watched the Giants from afar and I have great respect for the organization's culture and accomplishments".

Both the Giants and Dodgers now have GM openings. He led a front office with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the two combined to improve the club's farm system while also developing a talented and competitive organization. Zaidi earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2011. 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.

Los Angeles made back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018.

The Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans in September. The Giants sought to upgrade their baseball operations department and take a "fresh approach", as Baer put it.

Evans was promoted to his role as the franchise's general manager in the spring of 2015, succeeding Sabean who held the job for almost two decades.

Evans' dismissal forced the Giants to conduct an external search for a top baseball operations executive for the first time in more than a quarter century.

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