Farhan Zaidi won the 2021 MLB Executive of the Year award, and after the job he has done improving the SF Giants organization since he was appointed in September 2018, it’s about time he is recognised for his work.
Ranking the SF Giants 5 best value-for-money acquisitions under Farhan Zaidi
Unlike other decision makers in baseball, Zaidi avoids large, long-term contracts, instead option for often overlooked players that fit the culture of what the Giants want to be.
While the Giants haven’t had the playoff success he would have liked in the three seasons with him at the helm, it’s only a matter of time, as something very special is brewing by the bay.
With Farhan in charge, we aren’t likely to see a 10-year term or a 9-figure deal anytime soon, but the way he’s built this current squad has Giants fans very excited for the future, and for the present.
Not all ‘Farhan projects’ pan out, he has a fantastic record since taking over in San Francisco, but these five acquisitions stand out as the best among them all.
1. LaMonte Wade Jr. is the best Farhan project for the SF Giants
When the SF Giants originally traded for LaMonte Wade, not a single Giants fan batted an eye, but after ‘Late Night LaMonte’ showed out in 2021, he was just another example of how good Farhan Zaidi’s moves can be.
Wade was acquired for Shaun Anderson, and after his heroics in 2021, the Giants clearly have a star for the future, and considering how many other teams would have simply had him waste away in the minors, it’s clear the Giants got a gem.
His long-term future with the Giants isn’t yet set in stone, but this is a fan base known for idolising characters who perform on the field, so it wouldn’t shock anyone for Farhan’s greatest project to be a Giant for a long, long time to come.