SF Giants GM Harris leaving to be Tigers team president

Sports // San Francisco Giants

Scott Harris at his introductory press conference in 2019.

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The Giants lost a key part of their front office Monday, according to multiple reports. The Detroit Tigers have reportedly agreed to a deal with San Francisco general manager Scott Harris to become their new president of baseball operations. Harris will replace longtime Tigers general manager Al Avila — who was canned in August amid the team’s flailing rebuild — as the organization’s top decision-maker. In his mid-30s, Harris immediately becomes one of the youngest team presidents in MLB, capping off a rapid rise through MLB front offices.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi hired Harris away from the Chicago Cubs at the end of the 2019 season. Harris was in Chicago from 2012 to 2019, working as the Cubs’ director of baseball operations from 2012 to 2018 before he was promoted to assistant general manager. Harris played a role in building the Cubs teams that reached three NLCS and won the 2016 World Series. He also helped form the Giants’ roster in 2021 that won 107 games, although by the same logic he bears some responsibility for the hard-to-watch 2022 squad.

A Redwood City native and 2009 UCLA alum, Harris is the latest high-level decision-maker without professional playing experience to rise to the top of a team’s front office.

Harris’ meteoric rise is not without blemishes; he was the Cubs’ assistant general manager in 2019 when they brought Addison Russell back to the team. Russell had been accused of abuse by multiple former partners and served a 40-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

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