Farhan Zaidi was just the first step of the Giants trying to become the Dodgers. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
As the San Francisco Giants look to rebuild their team and try to get back to .500 if not contention, they’ve perhaps been taking a page out of the book of the class of the division.
With the L.A. Dodgers dominating the NL West in recent years, it only makes sense for the Giants to try to tap into that braintrust.
This process began last year when San Francisco hired former Dodger General Manager Farhan Zaidi to be the president of baseball operations (see video below), and then a couple of weeks ago, Gabe Kapler was tabbed as the new manager.
In taking over for Hall of Fame-bound manager Bruce Bochy, Kapler comes to the Giants after two ill-fated years as the Phillies’ manager. Before that, Kapler was director of player development for the Dodgers.
Well, he landed on his feet pretty well, but let’s hope for the Giants’ sake he has more success on the west coast than he did in Philly.
- Shortstop Jorge Polanco, coming off a massive breakout season for the Twins, had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on Friday, but is expected to be good to go for Spring Training. An All-Star for the first time this year, Polanco hit .295 with 40 doubles.
- Free agent reliever Carl Edwards Jr. has reportedly signed a one-year, $950,000 deal with Seattle. He was a stud in 2018 when the Cubs won the World Series, but was dumpster fire this year. However, he was dealing with a thoracic strain, so let’s cut him some slack. Edwards has a chance to be a serious steal for the Mariners and could easily enter into the closer discussion given the team’s lack of an established ninth-inning man.
- Pittsburgh finally has its new manager, hiring Minnesota bench coach Derek Shelton away from the Twins. The Pirates now have a new president, GM and manager as they seek to recover from a season that saw them sink to the NL Central cellar. This will be the 49-year-old Shelton’s first crack at managing in the bigs. The dude has a lot of work to do to get Pittsburgh back to respectability.
- The Astros have agreed to a one-year deal with catcher Dustin Garneau, who is expected to battle for the backup job. Houston’s 2019 catching tandem — Robinson Chirinos and Martin Maldonado — are both free agents this winter, and if they have any sense, they will distance themselves from the shit show that will soon engulf all things Astro. Garneau got into 35 games this year with Angels and A’s — the second highest total of his career, which tells you a lot. His career BA is exactly two points above his weight.
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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below if you think the Giants are headed in the right direction with these moves.