‘Everything’s got to be on the table’ — cool nerd Farhan Zaidi is just the exec the Giants need

New prez of baseball ops hit all the right notes on Day 1 at AT&T

Karl Buscheck
November 07, 2018 - 2:33 pm

Larry Baer, the San Francisco Giants president/CEO, opened the Farhan Zaidi press conference by revealing that what was supposed to be a two-hour interview with his now president of baseball operations instead morphed into a six-and-a-half hour marathon meeting.

“Transformational thinking, is how I would put it," Baer said of Zaidi, the former Dodger GM.

Watching Zaidi take command from the dais, it’s easy enough to understand why. He’s the smartest guy in the room — but not arrogant. A challenging balance to strike.

As Greg Papa said on 95.7 The Game just after the presser, it was shades of Bob Myers.

Zaidi’s a cool nerd. He’s just the exec to pull the Giants out of the dreg of back-to-back dismal seasons. 187 losses, combined, to be exact.

Just consider the way the former Billy Beane lieutenant addressed the unavoidable elephant in the room: could Madison Bumgarner be traded?

Cue the anecdote from 2014. Zaidi, on the verge of accepting Dodgers’ GM post, was at the  Oakland airport, watching the end of World Series when Bumgarner dragged the Giants across the finish line for the third even-year title.

He was leaving the A’s, about to join Dodgers, and yet he couldn’t help but be impressed by the orange and black giant on the mound.

Fast forward to the present and Zaidi is fully cognizant that Bumgarner, the celebrated left-hander, is his most valuable chip, the piece that could get the Giants back on the path to October.

“I think where we are, everything’s got to be on the table in terms of how we move this team and roster forward,” Zaidi said.

Zaidi knows how to talk — to the media, to his boss (just ask Larry) and to his future Hall of Famer/lame duck in the dugout.

“I think I can learn a lot from him and the way he sees the game,” Zaidi said of working with manager Bruce Bochy.

It’s only the very beginning, but from this early juncture, it looks like the Giants found their guy, their cool nerd, their Bob Myers.

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