According to Jon Morosi, the Giants are prepared to offer a position to Farhan Zaidi, who is presently the Dodgers’ general manager. Zaidi is among a handful of executives the organization has considered along with Chaim Bloom, Jason McLeod, Amiel Sawdaye, and Kim Ng.
The Giants fired GM Bobby Evans in September and are reportedly interested in making a “big splash” to restructure the front office. The Giants have had back-to-back losing seasons and may have to head into a rebuilding mode with an aging roster and one of baseball’s weaker minor league systems.
Zaidi currently ranks behind president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman in the Dodgers’ front office pecking order. He would presumably be the top dog if he were to join the Giants’ front office.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.