Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi continues reshaping the team’s front office in his image. The Zaidi-led club fired eight of its 20 pro scouts Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle details. More changes are likely, per Schulman, and it’s possible the Giants will add a general manager to their baseball department. Zaidi on Tuesday said he’s likely to interview candidates for a GM opening, though he’s not guaranteed to fill the position, according to Maria Guardado of MLB.com
Whether or not Zaidi does find someone for the job, the team’s baseball operations will essentially continue to go through him. He’s in his first year at the helm, having taken the reins last November after the Giants stripped Bobby Evans of GM duties and moved executive VP Brian Sabean into a different role.
Zaidi, of course, joined the Giants after several years serving as a prominent member of other teams’ front offices. He was the right-hand man for longtime Athletics executive Billy Beane before serving as the GM under Dodgers president of baseball ops Andrew Friedman. It’s now possible Zaidi will go with a similar setup for the Giants, who do happen to have a notable ex-GM on hand in senior advisor J.P. Ricciardi. Zaidi hired Ricciardi, who was once Toronto’s GM, shortly after taking over in San Francisco. However, it’s unknown whether Ricciardi will be among those Zaidi interviews for the GM post.