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Giants Poach Talented Astros Front Office Executive for GM Job

Devon Platana
The San Francisco Giants have poached a talented Houston Astros front office executive for their general manager job.
The San Francisco Giants have poached a talented Houston Astros front office executive for their general manager job. / AP Photo/Darryl Webb

While a good portion of the MLB is focused on the playoffs, the San Francisco Giants' offseason is already in full swing. Left without a general manager after Scott Harris became the Detroit Tigers' president last month, the Giants finally announced their new GM on Monday night.

President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi revealed that Pete Putila will serve as San Francisco's new general manager. Putila has been viewed in recent years as one of the top front-office prospects, having spent the last three years as the Houston Astros assistant GM.

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Putila is no stranger to the Giants. In fact, the 33-year-old was a finalist to take the GM job back in 2019, but the organization ultimately went with Harris. Instead, Putila spent the last three years helping the Astros make the playoffs, which includes a 2021 World Series appearance.

The announcement came in a Zoom call, where Zaidi couldn't say enough good things about his new GM. He said that he sees Putila as " a seamless fit with our culture" and that the Giants expect him to "strengthen our talent pipeline and build a sustainable winner" going forward.

Putila also had great things to say about the Giants in the announcement call. He mentions having good talks with the likes of manager Gabe Kapler and that he hopes to get the most out of San Francisco's amateur and international scouting — two areas in which he excels.

Putila has a big test ahead of him beginning this offseason. The Giants haven't won a single playoff series since 2016, making the postseason just once in that time. Something has to change and that all starts with which players he will or won't bring back for the 2023 MLB season.

For now, Giants fans will celebrate the potential that Putila brings to the organization. Hopefully, he ends up being as good as the front office thinks he is because it's hard to imagine the Giants faithful accepting mediocrity for much longer.

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