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San Francisco Giants: David Bell’s Departure Might Aid Front Office Search

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 22: David Bell (2nd L) with head of baseball operations Dick Williams, owner and CEO Bob Castellini and general manager Nick Krall after being introduced as the new manager for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on October 22, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 22: David Bell (2nd L) with head of baseball operations Dick Williams, owner and CEO Bob Castellini and general manager Nick Krall after being introduced as the new manager for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on October 22, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The San Francisco Giants have another front office position to fill. David Bell, the Giants Vice President of Player Development, has accepted the Reds managing gig. 

The initial thought is that the San Francisco Giants have even more work to do in remaking their front office. Bell’s departure creates a major vacancy that the Giants need to fill.

The new front office executive will likely be in charge of filling that void:

However, the Giants future front office captain may not have to look far for Bell’s replacement. Bell seems to have created some positive momentum in his only year in charge of player development.

As a result, Bell’s replacement could certainly come from within the organization. However, being able to look outside of the organization for a replacement could be a selling point for the future executive.

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The San Francisco Giants have been pretty vague in the position they are looking to fill. Of course, with the dismissal of the former general manager, Bobby Evans, it is evident they are looking for his replacement.

The lack of clarity in the position is for strategic purposes. Without specifying the role the Giants are looking to fill, they maintain flexibility in their search. This allows them to target candidates seeking a lateral move or a promotion.

Ultimately, the Giants first order of business is to hire a new front office executive. This executive will likely become the vice president of baseball operations.

Then, this person will likely recruit and hire a general manager and a vice president of player development. This is where the benefit comes into play.

If the Giants want to grant their future executive greater autonomy and more of a blank slate, then David Bell leaving can be seen as a good thing. Hopefully, this executive has enough klout around baseball to be able to recruit top talent.

Bell is a respected person throughout baseball. This may have pressured the incoming regime to retain Bell as the vice president of player development. With Bell’s departure, the decision has already been made.

The San Francisco Giants are still interviewing candidates for the top executive position. However, it is clear that this individual will have greater autonomy now. This individual will have to bring in a new general manager as well as a new vice president of player development.

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Ultimately, the job may have become a bit more appealing. The slate is a bit cleaner now. And, David Bell may have helped the Giants out here by leaving the organization before the new regime takes over.

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