Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are likely to interview Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi for their vacant president of baseball operations position.
Rosenthal notes that the Giants are trying to “make a big splash” with their front office hire, and hiring Zaidi — the GM of their biggest rival — would constitute that. Even setting the Dodgers aspect of it aside, Zaidi is very highly thought of for what he and his boss Andrew Friedman have done with the Dodgers over the past few years. It’s the sort of makeover that an aging Giants club could certainly use.
While the Dodgers may not want Zaidi to go to their rival, baseball’s conventions about these things are such that they’re more or less obligated to allow him to interview with them if he wants to. A president of baseball ops job would be a promotion, after all, and that whole “deny permission” thing you sometimes hear is reserved for lateral moves. To prevent that from happening, the Dodgers would either need to elevate Zaidi’s status or make him personally uninterested in taking the job via a fatter salary or something.