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July 17, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman watches game action during an intrasquad game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
July 17, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman watches game action during an intrasquad game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Giants president Farhan Zaidi.
Giants president Farhan Zaidi. /

San Francisco Giants

Farhan Zaidi, President of Baseball Ops & Scott Harris, GM: -2.0 games

The Zaidi-Harris team just completed its first season. Zaidi, who arrived from Los Angeles following the 2018 season, brought in Harris following the 2019 season.

At this early stage, Zaidi has found the challenge of revitalizing the Giants tougher than his experience with the perennial division champion Dodgers. In 2020 his moves involved 34 players who produced short-term value, of which only a dozen positively impacted the Giants.

Most of the Zaidi-Harris effort focused on the free-agent market. Fifteen players arrived via free agency, including several veterans with Giant pedigrees whose signings felt more sentimental than productive. Pablo Sandoval (-0.8 WAA) was one, Hunter Pence (-0.8) was another.

Veterans Justin Smoak, Kevin Gausman, Wilmer Flores, Drew Smyly, and Trevor Cahill all signed on in the hope of revitalizing their careers in San Francisco. Several made modestly positive contributions; still, the overall impact of Zaidi’s free agent signings was -0.5 WAA.

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Catcher Joey Bart was the big rookie promotion. Bart may someday be a star, but his initial contributions amounted to a .233 average and .609 OPS.

With the exception of free agent Madison Bumgarner, the departures made little impact with their new teams. Zaidi made the right calculation that Bumgarner was asking for more money than he was worth. In Arizona, Bumgarner was 1-4 with a 6.48 ERA, translating to a -0.7 WAA.