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Farhan Zaidi, one of the top assistants to A’s general manager Billy Beane, is set to be named the new GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Zaidi, who held the title of assistant GM/Director of Baseball Operations with Oakland, has been one of the rising names among baseball executives in recent years. His official hiring by the Dodgers will come sometime this week, according to MLB.com.
Zaidi replaces Ned Colletti, who was transferred from his GM role in October into another position within the Dodgers’ front office. Zaidi’s hiring continues the Dodgers’ executive make-over under new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Former Diamondbacks and Padres GM Josh Byrnes also is set to join Los Angeles’ front office in some capacity, ESPN Los Angeles reported.
Zaidi spent 10 seasons with the A’s and had taken on growing responsibilities in recent years. He specialized in statistical analysis that helped the A’s evaluate free agents, trade targets and amateur draft candidates. He also worked on the team’s arbitration cases.
One of the biggest feathers in Zaidi’s cap was that he was the most outspoken advocate of giving Brandon Moss a shot at the big league level in 2012 while Moss was on a tear with Triple-A Sacramento. Moss had a 30-homer season in 2013 and made the All-Star team this past season.
Zaidi earned his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D in economics from Cal. That’s an academic resume not particularly common in baseball front offices, but one that’s not out of place in the A’s brass. Assistant GM David Forst, who remains the No. 2 man behind Beane, graduated from Harvard.