SF Giants: Ranking the National League West's front offices by competence

The San Francisco Giants' front office has been a hot topic for a while now, but where to they rank against the rest of their division?
Nov 9, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi
Nov 9, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi / Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
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1. The Dodgers' front office is the class of the National League West

Finally, we come to the best front office in the National League West and it sadly is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even with some high profile misses including the debacle that was Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers' front office is loaded with resources every single year and is led by smart people that know how to use them.

Even after being mostly quiet last offseason in order to get their payroll ready for their inevitable pursuit of Shohei Ohtani, the Dodgers have been players for a slew of high profile free agents and trade targets. They traded for Mookie Betts and promptly signed him to a mega extension. They signed Freddie Freeman when everyone thought there was no way he would leave the Braves. Trea Turner and Manny Machado are other examples of aggressive moves the front office made to push the team over the top.

However, it more than the ability to throw money and prospects around. The Dodgers have been annoyingly good at producing homegrown talent. Will Smith is one of the better catchers in baseball. Brusdar Graterol and that fastball of his is one of the most intimidating closers in the game. Max Muncy, James Outman, and Bobby Miller are all success stories from the Dodgers' minor league ranks and that doesn't include earlier hits like Julio Urias, Corey Seager, and Clayton Kershaw that this front office doesn't get the credit for.

Despite being contenders every single year which is an accomplishment in itself, the Dodgers also continue to add young talent to their minor league pipeline despite drafting as low as they do thanks to excellent scouting and remaining aggressive on the international market. Even now, they have two of the better catching prospects in all of baseball in Dalton Rushing and Diego Cartaya, Michael Busch continues to mash at Triple-A, and Gavin Stone remains a really high upside arm with that changeup of his despite a rough 2023 season.

Aggressive, opportunistic, resource heavy and not afraid to use them, calculated, and smart. As much as it probably pains Giants fans to admit, but the Dodgers have the best front office in the division and it probably isn't close.

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