The San Francisco Giants' front office led by Farhan Zaidi has understandably been under a lot of scrutiny for the entirety of the 2023 season. While the Giants' top brass has said publicly that they are planning to try and keep Zaidi around, many outside observers thought that he was on the hot seat after a rather disappointing 2022 season.
The 2023 season is almost over now and it is hard to see what has changed when it comes to evaluating this front office. They certainly tried to sign a superstar this past offseason, but failed to close the deal with the noticeable exception of Carlos Correa which was decidedly not the Giants' fault. The Giants have contended this year for the most part, but they also failed to make any moves of note at the trade deadline. There haven't been scandals or any horrendous contracts given out, but a numbers of unforced errors have cost the Giants this season.
To gain some perspective here, it is worth looking at the Giants, front office in comparison with their peers in the division. While it is easy to justify some decisions in a vacuum, seeing how other front offices do their business and where they have found success or failure can give us a better sense of how to view the Giants organization and what changes to hope for going forward.
Here are the totally scientific NL West front office rankings based on competence
To be clear, these are not quantitative rankings whatsoever. Ranking teams by W-L or WAR or whatever has some value in this discussion, but doesn't tell the whole story. There is a lot of subjectivity and incomplete information inherent to this sort of thing as we will likely never know all the reasons why moves are or are not made. However, it is worth taking a shot anyways as a quick glance as to what the Giants are up against in the NL West.
Without further delay, let's take a look at the NL West front office rankings sorted by competence.