Forst is currently the general manager of the Oakland Athletics. This is his second season in that role for the other team by the Bay. When Billy Beane was promoted to executive vice rresident of baseball operations, Forst was promoted as well. This is the 18th season Forst has been in the A’s organization.
His main responsibilities for Oakland is working on all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations.
Zaidi is currently the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is his fourth season in that role for the Giants biggest rivals.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Zaidi spent 10 seasons with the Oakland A’s, finishing his tenure there as the assistant general manager and director of baseball operations in 2014. With the Athletics, Zaidi’s primary responsibilities included providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. He has become one of the top minds in the game for analyzing data from advance scouting reports.
If the Giants were able to go after an outside candidate from a rival like the A’s or Dodgers, that would be an interesting move for the fan base.
While bragging rights within the front office isn’t high on the list for fans usually, the Giants fans know that they need to upgrade their player evaluation overall.
Bottom line is Forst and Zaidi are two of the best in the game and bringing in either could help revamp a front office in desperate need for a makeover.