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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.

Brewers sign Gio Gonzalez

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.

Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.

Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.