The San Francisco Giants hired J.P. Ricciardi as Senior Advisor to President of Baseball Operations, Farhan Zaidi. The addition to the Giants front office, which is still without a General Manager means Brian Sabean, J.P. and Mr. Zaidi will share the ongoing GM duties during the long cold winter months sans baseball. It also means there are now three experienced baseball executives making the important decisions, something that, in my experience, may create tension or may complicate matters (I’m a big believer in the “too many cooks in the kitchen” adage.).
Mr. Ricciardi has an interesting and dare I say, checkered employment history. The recent positions include Director of Player Personnel for the Athletics of Oakland. He was also GM for the Toronto Blue Jays, in a somewhat turbulent tenure that basically transitioned that franchise from a more traditional approach at player development to something more analytics based. Most recently he was a special assistant to the New York Mets front office.
What this moves shows is anyone’s guess really, particularly as the GM position is not filled. The Giants are said to make an announcement today. Most interesting are the comments on the MLB Trade Rumors article announcing the hire: