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.
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.
As expected, the Dodgers have extended a qualifying offer to free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has until 2 p.m. next Monday to accept the offer, which amounts to a one-year contract worth $15.3 million.
If Ramirez rejects the offer and signs with another team, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory draft pick in June 2015.
Ramirez, 30, slashed .283/.369/.448 in the final year of a six-year, $70 million contract that he signed as a member of the Miami Marlins. Though he was a steadying force on offense (132 OPS-plus), he struggled mightily on defense. His .963 fielding percentage matched Washington’s Ian Desmond for the lowest among regular National League shortstops and his -10.3 UZR was the lowest among all NL shortstops.
The Dodgers cannot move Ramirez to third base without displacing Juan Uribe, or to first base without displacing Adrian Gonzalez. If that doesn’t make a return to Los Angeles unlikely, Ramirez would be taking a voluntary pay cut from the $16 million he made last year if he accepts the qualifying offer.
In the last two years, 22 free agents have received qualifying offers and none have accepted.
Though Ramirez’s nagging injuries were a constant source of concern last season, there should be a sizable market for a player with a career batting average of .300, plus power and the ability to steal a base. Ramirez could prolong his peak years by moving to the American League, where he can be a designated hitter.
A source has confirmed that Logan White, the Dodgers’ veteran draft director who selected Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Joc Pederson and Corey Seager, is leaving Los Angeles for a front-office job with the San Diego Padres. CBSsports.com was the first to report the story Monday morning.
Update (4 p.m.): The Padres have announced White as their new senior advisor to the general manager/pro scouting director. In his role with the Padres, White will be responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s professional scouting efforts and player acquisition at the Major and minor league level, as well as advising the general manager.
“Logan has a tremendous track record in the game,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. “The knowledge and experience he brings to our organization strengthens our entire baseball operations staff.”
Corey Seager is the Dodgers’ lone representative on the Arizona Fall League’s “Fall Stars” roster. Seager, who’s slashing .255/.345/.412 for the Glendale Desert Dogs, will represent the West team.
The game will be played this Saturday (Nov. 1) at 5 p.m. PT at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. MLB Network will televise the game, which will also be streamed online at MLB.com.
Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.
Each Major League organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.
Several Dodgers prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League this month for the Glendale Desert Dogs. So it’s no surprise that team president and CEO Stan Kasten would be in Arizona this week.
What might raise an eyebrow — we’re qualifying this as news with about 45 minutes left before the World Series begins — is that Kasten is reportedly hanging out with former Diamondbacks and Padres general manager Josh Byrnes:
Josh Byrnes with #Dodgers' Kasten at Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Byrnes expected to join front office; position not yet specified.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21, 2014
Byrnes has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Ned Colletti as the Dodgers’ general manager. The team hasn’t made an official announcement since Andrew Friedman announced Friday that he intended to hire someone to fill the position.
The Dodgers hired longtime Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations Tuesday, while retaining former general manager Ned Colletti as a Senior Advisor to Stan Kasten.
Friedman, 37, is expected to hold a press conference at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. He had been the Rays’ general manager since 2005 and built four playoff teams since 2008 with a payroll that ranked no higher than 27th in baseball.
“Andrew Friedman is one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game today and we are very fortunate to have him join our organization,” Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “The success he has had over the past nine years in molding the Tampa Bay Rays team has been incredible.”
The front-office shakeup leaves the Dodgers without a general manager for the moment, which is likely to change soon. Kasten’s title could also change. He had been the Dodgers’ President and CEO since joining the front office in 2012.
“Ned Colletti has played a major role in the success of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last nine years and I’m thrilled that we are able to retain him as a special advisor to me,” Kasten said in a statement. “Ned’s knowledge and experience in the game covering 33 years will be a great asset to the club as we continue to add and build our player development system.”
Here’s more on Friedman from the Rays’ media guide: