Earlier today, Farhan Zaidi was introduced as the Dodgers’ new general manager. Here are some highlights from his press conference that didn’t make my main story (which you can read here):
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman confirmed that the Dodgers’ coaching staff will return next year.
Bench coach Tim Wallach, hitting coach Mark McGwire, assistant hitting coach John Valentin, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, assistant pitching coach Ken Howell, third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy, first-base coach Davey Lopes and bullpen coach Chuck Crim will join manager Don Mattingly on the Dodgers’ staff in 2015.
The Dodgers formally announced the hires of Farhan Zaidi (general manager) and Josh Byrnes (senior vice president, baseball operations) on Thursday.
The announcement, which had been in the works for days, provides some clarity as to how the front office under Stan Kasten and Andrew Friedman will work.
“Farhan’s primary focus will be the Major League team and player acquisitions while Josh will concentrate on the oversight of scouting and player development,” Friedman said in a statement released by the team. “However, they will both work closely with me on all aspects of baseball operations in our efforts to make the Dodgers’ front office and team the best it can possibly be.”
Zaidi, 37, was previously the Oakland A’s assistant general manager.
Byrnes, 44, had been without a job since he was fired as the San Diego Padres’ general manager in June.
Zaidi will meet with the media tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.
More to follow.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez won the second Silver Slugger Award of his career Thursday.
Gonzalez slashed .276/.335/.482 in his second full season with the Dodgers in 2014. He hit 27 home runs and drove in a major-league leading 116 — one off his career high. He drove in 117 runs with the Boston Red Sox in 2011, the first year he won the award.
Gonzalez was the only Dodger player to win a Silver Slugger award at his position.
As expected, it looks like Hanley Ramirez will reject the Dodgers’ $15.3 million qualifying offer and become a free agent. At least, that was the logical conclusion after Ramirez all but renounced his ties to the Dodgers in a series of tweets Thursday:
Free Agency. Hard and important decisions to make. But exciting times. God and Family always. #iSeeYou
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) November 7, 2014
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) November 7, 2014
Ramirez also changed his Twitter bio to read “MLB shortstop,” taken from the business card of a man who knows what position he wants to play but doesn’t care where.
The Dodgers might have a Ramirez at shortstop next year after all.
According to a report on CBSChicago.com, the Dodgers are one of at least three teams that have inquired on White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The New York Yankees and New York Mets (“the most aggressive [team] in their pursuit of a shortstop over the past 12 months”) are also mentioned in the report.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received the “Premio Nacional del Deporte,” a national sports award presented by Mexico’s La Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (CONADE).
Gonzalez, who was born in San Diego and spent much of his childhood in Mexico, also won the award in 2011.
Adrian Gonzalez won his fourth career Gold Glove award yesterday. The Dodgers first baseman added to his resume today.
Gonzalez was named the Wilson defensive first baseman of the year, and Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe was named the Wilson defensive third baseman of the year.
Uribe also won the award last year. Unlike the Gold Glove awards (but like the Fielding Bible Awards), the Wilson awards cover both leagues.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers are expected to name Farhan Zaidi their next general manager at some point this week. Compared to many assistant general managers, much was written about Zaidi during his 10 years (2005-14) with the Oakland A’s.
The Dodgers will name Oakland A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi their next GM, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Former San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes is also expected to be appointed to a front-office role when the official announcement is made.
Those announcements are expected sometime this week.
Zaidi, 37, would succeed Ned Colletti, who was named senior advisor to President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman in October.
Zaidi was hired into the A’s baseball operations department in 2005 and spent the next 10 years in Oakland. He was instrumental in signing Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36 million contract in February 2012 according to the San Francisco Chronicle and was regarded as a front-office advocate for the club’s scouting reports.
According to the A’s media guide, Zaidi’s primary responsibilities included “providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. He also assists on arbitration cases, minor league contracts and works closely with the coaching staff during the season in analyzing data from advance scouting reports.”
Prior to joining the A’s, Zaidi served as business development associate for Small World Media, the fantasy sports division of The Sporting News, and also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Zaidi earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.