Dodgers Make Official Hires Of Zaidi, Byrnes

The Dodgers officially announced Thursday night the hiring of Oakland Athletics director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi as their general manager and former Padres GM Josh Byrnes as their senior vice president of baseball operations.

Zaidi, 37, will participate in a news conference Friday at Dodger Stadium.

The moves follow Andrew Friedman’s hire as president of baseball operations in Los Angeles after he left Tampa Bay, which ultimately resulted in manager Joe Maddon leaving the Rays for the Cubs.

“It is very exciting for us to be able to add two exceptional, veteran baseball executives like Farhan and Josh,” Friedman said in a statement. “Farhan’s primary focus will be the major league team and player acquisitions while Josh will concentrate on the oversight of scouting and player development. However, they will both work closely with me on all aspects of baseball operations in our efforts to make the Dodgers' front office and team the best it can possibly be.”

Zaidi, a Canadian of Pakistani descent, had spent 10 years in Oakland, most recently as director of baseball operations and assistant GM. He replaces Ned Colletti, who’d been the Dodgers GM from 2006 until last month and was reassigned to an advisory role after Friedman joined the organization.

Byrnes, 44, was fired by the Padres in June and ultimately replaced by A.J. Preller. In addition to his Padres stint, Byrnes was GM of the Diamondbacks from 2005-10 and has also worked for the Indians and Red Sox.