The San Francisco Giants have hired Scott Harris to serve as general manager of the team, according to a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN . Harris has previously worked as GM's assistant Cubs & # 39; s since 2018 after five years as director of Chicago baseball operations.
Harris, 32, will join the Giants as Farhan Zaidi's second in command after the team passed more than a year without a general manager. A native of Bay Area, he graduated from UCLA and earned his MBA from Northwestern, hitting the baseball industry as an intern at the Nationals and Reds, positions he became a full-time gig in the commissioner's office MLB. During his time with the Cubs, he had a hand in the club's ascension to World Series champions in 2015, emerging as the right-hand man for top baseball officials Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
Even with a general manager in the area, the Giants 'baseball decisions will still run in Zaidi, with one year under his belt now having the opportunity to populate the Giants' leadership ranks in his own hires. Zaidi was brought aboard to be the top dog and lead the decision, and could not be changed. However, that is not to diminish the importance of Harris' addition; the general manager, in Zaidi's own words, would "share the burden of managing the general operation," an endeavor in which Harris should command: in a statement from the Giants thanking Harris overseeing the Cubs research and development department, the arbitration process, and strategy and planning with the baseball ops department.
And Harris should start right away. Through this week's GM meetings, Harris will enter his new post during one of the busiest and most critical times of the year for baseball executives. With the Giants still looking for their next manager, it's unclear how much Harris will get in the final hire, even though Harris, Zaidi, and the new skipper will be a priority on the same page. Still, Harris may still provide some valuable input: Joe Espada, one of the finalists for the Giants 'job, is also being interviewed for the Cubs' position, a process in which Harris will certainly participate.
The addition of Harris represents the continuing overhaul of the Giants & # 39; s organization of the baseball operations department, which began last year with the ousting of GM Bobby Evans. The organization is seeking a more modern front office, with a president of baseball operations working with a general manager. In Zaidi, the club found their president last year. And now, GM is in place. After Bruce Bochy's retirement, of course, another important hire has to be made, and it looks like a decision may soon be over: The Giants have reportedly narrowed the field down to three finalists: Joe Espada, Gabe Kapler, and Matt Quatraro. 19659002] In the field, Zaidi has begun his transformation of the team, demonstrating a worthy take on marginal talent improvements in low-risk moves. The acquisitions of players like Mike Yastrzemski Alex Dickerson Kevin Pillar and Donovan Solano – which came at a minimal cost to the Giants – was engaged in a surprising midseason run by the Giants that kept them on the brink of playoff position despite low hopes.
This, combined with a burgeoning farm system and the undeniable purchasing power of the giants, makes the Giants an attractive rebuilding project for an executive like Harris – more, at least , than when Zaidi took over after 2018, inheriting a team made up of more dynastic and costly, past-their-prime mercenaries. The outlook for 2021 and beyond, is promising. With prospects such as Joey Bart Heliot Ramos Marco Luciano and Hunter Bishop spinning the farm system, there are several foundations to work with . And when heavy contracts start to come out of the books, the Giants can expect to flex their financial muscles and become a true player in negotiations with top free agents.
For Giants fans hoping to learn more about the latest addition to the San Francisco front office, The Athletic & # 39; s Sahadev Sharma profiled Harris in March of 2018, painting him as an enthusiastic rising star in front of the baseball office. Harris made reviews from superstar execs Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, under whom he worked in Chicago.