Giants hire Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants, as expected, have hired Farhan Zaidi as the president of baseball operations. The two sides had been linked for much of the past week, so it came as no surprise that this conclusion was reached. The Giants fired GM Bobby Evans in September.

Zaidi, 41, was the GM of the Dodgers since November 2014. Though it didn’t result in a championship, he presided over a long stretch of success for the franchise, as the club reached the postseason in every season and reached the World Series in each of the last two years. Zaidi got his start with the Athletics under Billy Beane.

Notably, Zaidi is one of two Muslim baseball executives and the only Muslim GM of an American professional sports team.

Report: Mike Clevinger agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.

Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.

The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.