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Dodgers won't stand in way as Giants wait for Farhan Zaidi's decision

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Dodgers won't stand in way as Giants wait for Farhan Zaidi's decision

CARLSBAD — The doors to a banquet room at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and general managers from around Major League Baseball strolled into a scheduled session with reporters. 

The Giants did not have an employee present. Their general manager was fired at the end of September, and they still have not named a replacement. 

The Dodgers did not have their general manager in the room, either. Farhan Zaidi wasn’t even in Carlsbad on Tuesday. The Dodgers GM was trying to decide whether he wanted to take over a rival baseball operations department. 

Multiple league sources confirmed reports that the Giants have offered Zaidi, a longtime A’s and Dodgers employee, the title of President of Baseball Operations. That position does not currently exist in the organization, but Larry Baer has spent more than a month criss-crossing the country in search of fresh blood to revamp the organization’s baseball operations department. Baer has settled on Zaidi as his top choice, and now two organizations are playing a waiting game. 

Andrew Friedman, the President of Baseball Operations for the Dodgers, took Zaidi’s place in front of reporters and indicated that the organization would not stand in the way of an executive who wanted to join the Giants. 

“We have a longstanding policy of supporting employees,” Friedman said. “We feel like we’ve lost a lot of employees the last two years but I think a lot of that is a result of the success we’ve had.”

The National League champions have already lost their third base coach and hitting coach to other organizations this offseason. Many around the game believe the GM will be next, although Friedman would not address Zaidi’s plans on Tuesday.

“Farhan news is not appropriate to comment on right now,” he said. “We’re going to stick to Dodger-related news. I don’t know what Farhan is going to do.”

For Zaidi, a Cal grad and former assistant GM with the A’s, this is surely a tough decision. The Giants can bring him back to the Bay Area and hand him the keys to his own department. Zaidi never had that kind of power in Oakland and does not in Los Angeles. The Dodgers can do nothing to try and sway him but offer more money, and given how deliberate Baer has been with this search, salary concerns would not get in the way if Zaidi indicated he was ready to take over in San Francisco. 

The Dodgers have another card to play, though. They’re simply in a much better position to win -- now and in the future -- than the Giants. One source said Tuesday that some candidates for the position were concerned by the Giants’ roster and the idea that the easiest way to rebuild would be to come in and immediately become known as the man who traded Madison Bumgarner. 

That’s a move Zaidi may have to make. For now, he has a much bigger decision: Stay in Los Angeles or run the show in San Francisco.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

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MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

The carousel continues to turn.

Former Giants catcher Mike Matheny has drawn interest for the Giants managerial position, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Matheny played his final two MLB seasons with the Giants, and retired from baseball in 2007. The four-time Gold Glove winner managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, finishing with 591 wins and 474 losses, good for a .555 winning percentage.

He has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development. 

[RELATED: Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Venable for manager job]

It is important to note that the Giants have not been reported to have reached out to Matheny or brought him in for an interview.

As the process continues, Matheny's is not likely to be the last name we hear associated with interviewing to take over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco.

Astros know Gerrit Cole wants to be 'West Coast guy' in MLB free agency

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Astros know Gerrit Cole wants to be 'West Coast guy' in MLB free agency

The Astros are trying to soak in every start Gerrit Cole makes for them. As Houston sits two wins from reaching the World Series, they know their staff ace likely will be pitching for a different team next season. 

Cole is expected to possibly sign a record-breaking contract as a free agent this upcoming offseason. His teammates have an idea of which part of the country he will be packing his bags for, too. 

"We know he wants to be a West Coast guy," Astros outfielder Josh Reddick told Bleacher Report's Scott Miller

Cole, 29, grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA before the Pirates took him with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Could his future be in Northern California, though? 

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Cole are brothers-in-law. ESPN's Jeff Passan also listed San Francisco in late August as one of nine destinations that are "positioned and motivated to explore adding Cole."

The three-time All-Star also told Miller that he has been to six or seven Giants postseason games in the past, including taking his grandfather to two World Series games in 2012.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has some big decisions to make regarding the roster this offseason. Longtime ace Madison Bumgarner will be a free agent, but Cole certainly would be an upgrade. The right-hander is a front-runner to win the AL Cy Young award this year after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts over 212 1/3 innings. 

But Cole could be in line to sign a contract worth well over $200 million this winter. 

[RELATED: Maddon agrees to three-year contract to be Angels' next manager]

The Giants rode star pitchers like Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain to three championships this decade. Adding Cole to start off the next decade could be the perfect addition. A healthy Johnny Cueto is returning to San Francisco's rotation next season, along with Jeff Samardzija -- whose 3.52 ERA this year was his lowest since 2014. 

San Francisco will have plenty of competition if they do pursue Cole, especially from Southern California teams in the Angels and Dodgers. He certainly will be sought after from the Bay Area to Los Angeles and beyond.