MLB Rumors: Giants' Scott Harris Hired as Tigers President of Baseball Operations

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 19, 2022

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The Detroit Tigers will reportedly hire Scott Harris as the team's newest president of baseball operations, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Harris has spent the past three seasons as the general manager of the San Francisco Giants.

Al Avila had been the Tigers' executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager for seven years before being fired in August. Detroit has already been eliminated from the playoffs and entered Monday with a 55-91 record, fourth-worst in the majors.

It will be the seventh straight year without a playoff appearance for the Tigers, who haven't had a winning record since 2016.

Harris will try to turn things around after some up-and-down seasons in San Francisco.

The Giants missed the playoffs in 2020 and are just 69-77 in 2022, but the team had the best record in baseball last year at 107-55. Several unheralded additions like Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, Darin Ruf and LaMonte Wade Jr. helped key the surprising success.

Prior to his time in San Francisco, Harris spent seven years with the Chicago Cubs and was in the front office during the team's World Series run in 2016. He ended his time with the team as the assistant general manager under GM Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein.

The fast-rising executive will now look to turn around a Tigers franchise that has struggled at the major league level and has just one prospect (Jackson Jobe) ranked inside the top 50 across baseball, per MLB.com.


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