Chernoff is currently the general manager for the Cleveland Indians. He became the assistant general manager in 2010. After declining an interview with the San Diego Padres for the GM job in 2014, he was promoted to general manager of the Indians the following year.
The Indians have already clinched a spot in the 2018 playoffs, making this the third straight American League Central title and the third straight trip to the post-season under Chernoff.
Arnold is currently the vice president and assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Brewers. This is his third season in that role for the Brewers. His areas of focus include Major League operations, roster construction, financial planning, contract negotiations and player personnel decisions.
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Before joining the Brewers, Arnold was in the Tampa Bay organization. Arnold began working for the Rays in 2007.
Arnold, who is only 39, has already spent 17 seasons in professional baseball. He also has experience working in the baseball operations departments for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Texas Rangers (2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2003-06).
One common thread for all of these candidates is they are coming from successful organizations that have taken a specific interest in the analytics of the game. With so many new stats worthy of analyzing to determine a player’s true value, it is nearly impossible to simply scout players the traditional way anymore.
While scouting will never go away and the infamous eye test will still tell baseball experts a lot about a player, the overwhelming proof in the most recent World Series winners and participants is that analytics is how front offices will be run from now on.
The Giants seem willing to get on board with a new approach and these possible candidates would be the right place to start.