Could Farhan Zaidi be the next General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers? Or Director of Baseball Analytics? According to Ken Rosenthal, the longtime Oakland A's executive could be moving south. Rosenthal tweeted on Monday that Zaidi has had discussions with the Dodgers about a front office position.
Zaidi made his professional debut in baseball with the A's when he joined their front office a decade ago. Armed with an undergraduate degree from MIT and a PhD in economics from Cal, Zaidi brought to the A's a deep understanding of the analytical side of assessing player value. As he moved up the A's organizational ladder, Zaidi gained knowledge of the scouting aspect of player analysis and was able to give the A's player evaluations that combined both numbers and scouting.
During Zaidi's tenure with the A's, Oakland has appeared in four post-seasons (2006 and 2012-2014) despite maintaining one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. He was promoted from Director of Baseball Operations to Assistant General Manager/Director of Baseball Operations before the 2014 season. Zaidi shares the Assistant General Manager title with David Forst and is one of six Directors under General Manager Billy Beane within the player development and evaluation side of the organization (Billy Owens, Keith Lieppman, Dan Feinstein, Eric Kubota and Ted Polakowski are the other five).
Over the years, Scout.com has interviewed Zaidi about his work within the A's front office. Click here for a full archive of those interviews and more information on Zaidi.