Farhan Zaidi enters his third season as the President of Baseball Operations for the Giants, joining the organization on November 6, 2018. In his second year at the helm, the team finished one win away from their first playoff berth since 2016. The Giants posted the sixth-best winning percentage among all big league teams from mid-August on and enjoyed strong campaigns from Zaidi acquisitions Alex Dickerson, Mauricio Dubón, Wilmer Flores, Darin Ruf, Donovan Solano, and Mike Yastrzemski on the offensive side and Jarlín García, Kevin Gausman, and Drew Smyly on the pitching staff. In 2019, San Francisco’s farm system had an overall win-loss record of 415-401 (.509), the 11th-best winning percentage of all organizations, an improvement from 2018 when SF’s minor league chain had the 26th-best winning percentage in baseball. Five of seven Giants’ stateside affiliates reached the playoffs in 2019, with Sacramento winning the Triple-A National Championship. When the 2019 season began, the Giants had the 28th-best farm system according to Baseball America in preseason rankings. In their 2020 re-ranking, the Giants moved up to 14th. Entering the 2021 season, San Francisco has four players in MLB’s top 100 ranking: IF Marco Luciano (16), C Joey Bart (23), OF Heliot Ramos (82) and OF Hunter Bishop (83).
Prior to joining the Giants, Zaidi spent four years as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ General Manager, joining the club in November 2014. Working alongside President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, Zaidi helped pilot the Dodgers to four consecutive division titles while advancing to the National League Championship Series from 2016-18, and the World Series from 2017-18. The Dodgers posted one of the best seasons in club history in 2017, when the team established a Los Angeles record with a MLB-best 104 wins and won the National League pennant, earning recognition from Baseball America as its Organization of the Year.
During his time in Los Angeles, the Dodgers drafted and developed notable players such as Walker Buehler (2015), Tony Gonsolin, Gavin Lux, Dustin May and Will Smith (2016); traded for Kike Hernandez (2014), Chris Taylor, Rich Hill (2016), Tony Watson, Yu Darvish (2017), Manny Machado and David Freese (2018); and signed Kenta Maeda (2015) and Max Muncy (2017) as free agents. Los Angeles posted the second-best winning percentage in all of baseball (.584, 379-270) during Zaidi’s four-year stint.
Prior to his work with the Dodgers, Zaidi spent 10 seasons with the Oakland A’s. He started as a baseball operations analyst in 2005 before being promoted to Director of Baseball Operations in 2009 and Assistant General Manager/Director of Baseball Operations in 2014. A’s General Manager Billy Beane credited Zaidi as playing a key role in the signing of Cuban outfielder and two-time All-Star Yoenis Céspedes in 2012. During Zaidi’s tenure with the A’s, the team reached the postseason four times, including three straight seasons from 2012-14.
Before entering baseball, 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. While at MIT, he was named a Burchard Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.