Taubman was just recently promoted to assistant general manager of the Houston Astros. Before the promotion, he was senior director of baseball operations. Formerly of Ernst & Young, the Cornell graduate is only 32 and rising up the ranks in the Houston front office.
If there is a better example of building a team back up, it’s the Astros, and bringing in one of their top evaluators could be key to a turn around.
Jeff Luhnow was promoted to president of baseball operations and extended through 2023, so if Taubman wanted to run his own franchise, he will have to wait a long time in Houston.
Greenberg is currently the director of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. He joined the team in 2012 as a baseball operations intern and was then promoted to assistant to the general manager in 2015.
Greenberg was part of one of the most improbable turnarounds in sports history, helping the Cubs end a 106 year World Series drought in 2016.
Minasian is currently the vice president of baseball operations and the assistant general manager for the Atlanta Braves. Despite a big shakeup in the front office after some disastrous contracts and blockbuster trades, the Braves clinched a playoff spot this season.
Atlanta has always been a model of what Sabean tried to build in San Francisco behind pitching and defense, but today’s Braves are electric at the plate and in the field.
In the case of Taubman, Greenberg, and Minasian, these are men with recent experience building from the cellar of their divisions to the top. With the bad contracts the Giants now have and the depleted farm system that is just starting to be rebuilt, someone with first hand experience of a rebuild could be a huge bonus.