Giants likely to interview Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi for top front office job

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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.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.