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Tigers Hire Giants GM Scott Harris as President of Baseball Operations

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The Detroit Tigers plan to hire Scott Harris, general manager of the San Francisco Giants, as their new president of baseball operations. the club announced on Monday. Harris, 35, will replace recently fired Al Avila as the Tigers’ top baseball decider. Avila, who had been the GM of Tigers since August 2015, was fired in August after off-season efforts to build a competitive roster failed.

Harris was in his third season as GM of the Giants under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. Prior to joining the Giants, Harris spent seven years in baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. He began as director of baseball operations for the Cubs under Theo Epstein and eventually rose to assistant general manager.

Harris in Detroit will inherit a Tigers organization stranded under Avila. When Avila took over, he was tasked with rebuilding the young talent base after years of contention under Dave Dombrowski. Under Avila, the Tigers won 86 games in 2016 but went 64-98 each of the next two seasons before bottoming out at 47-114 in 2019. In the shortened 2020 season, Detroit won with a disappointing .397 clip and went out. with 77-85. in 2021. This season, the Tigers (now 55-91) were 43-68 at the time of Avila’s resignation.

While there is a lot of promising young talent – Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene, Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, for example – many of the Tigers’ best prospects have not lived up to their promise at the highest level. As such, Harris may need to revise the player development apparatus in addition to the roster.

It is likely that as president of baseball operations, Harris will eventually hire a GM to help with the decision-making process, and that could happen before the off-season.

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