Giants Hire Pete Putila As General Manager – MLB Trade Rumors

Giants Hire Pete Putila As General Manager - MLB Trade Rumors

The Giants announced Monday night that they have hired Pete Putila as their new general manager. Putila, formerly an Astros assistant GM, steps in as the No. 2 in the management hierarchy under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. Previous GM Scott Harris left a few weeks ago to take over baseball operations with the Tigers.

More informed reporters last week the team hoped to have a GM in place by early November. San Francisco struck much earlier than that, snagging the good-looking Putila away from Houston. “Being where we are and facing a big offseason, I think it will be a great thing for us to have new prospects in the organization.,” Zaidi said at the time. “A new general manager could certainly bring a fresh perspective on our roster, player development and evaluation philosophies.

A graduate of West Virginia, Putila spent more than a decade in the Houston office. Originally hired as an intern in 2011, he quickly moved through the administration under former GM Jeff Lunhow. He spent considerable time working in the construction of the Houston farm system during the Astros rebuild, earning a promotion to director of player development by 2016. Towards the end of the 2019 campaign, Putila earned a bump to assistant GM.

The following offseason, the Astros parted ways with Lunhow following the public disclosure of the extent of the 2017 sign-stealing operation. New GM James Click kept Putila in a senior front office position, however, reflecting the value a pair of baseball operations leaders placed on his input.

Putila was a candidate for the Giants GM search back in 2019. San Francisco ended up poaching Harris from the Cubs’ front office at the time, but Putila apparently made a favorable impression on Zaidi and his senior staff at the time. He also garnered some consideration in the Pirates GM search that winter, but Pittsburgh eventually tapped Ben Cherington to lead baseball operations.

It’s a pivotal offseason for the Giants, who had a disappointing 81-81 season this year. Last winter, San Francisco mostly focused on retaining the core of a team that claimed 107 wins and an NL West title in 2021, in addition to replacing. Kevin Gausman with Charles Rodon in free agency. There is quite a bit more turnover this winter, with Zaidi talking about his desire to get a younger, more athletic position player group. Putila will step into the biggest role of his career, helping Zaidi control what is likely to be an aggressive winter.

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