Giants hire Cubs exec, Scott Harris, to be their new general manager – San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants said Sunday they have hired Scott Harris as their general manager, to work under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

Harris, who grew up in Redwood City and attended Menlo School, is a Cubs assistant general manager, working under president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

In a phone interview with The Chronicle, Hoyer said Harris, 32, “has no weaknesses. Across the board he checks off every box. Our loss is definitely Farhan’s gain. He’s exceptionally bright, incredibly hard-working and competitive.

“In some ways he’s the blueprint of what you look for in a young executive. He’s been doing this for a long time in this industry. He’s really dedicated and he learns well from older people.”

The Giants will introduce Harris at a news conference Monday morning.

Harris’ hiring could hasten the choice of a manager, with an anouncement as soon as Monday, with former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro and Astros bench coach Joe Espada the finalists.

As a Cubs assistant, Harris was part of the interview process for a manager to replace Joe Maddon. Espada was the other finalist for a job that former Cubs catcher David Ross got. The Cubs also interviewed Kapler. Harris was in those interviews as well.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring in an executive of Scott’s caliber to help our baseball operations group,” Zaidi said in a statement. “The combination of his breadth of experience, contributions towards building a championship-winning perennial contender in Chicago, and his Bay Area roots made him an ideal fit for the general manager position, and I’m looking forward to executing our vision together.”

Harris issued a statement that said he was “appreciative and honored to join the San Francisco Giants, a storied franchise with a loyal, passionate and deserving fan base.”

He said the city and team “always had a special place in my heart.”

Harris’ parents are both physicians in the Bay Area.

Harris has an international economics degree from UCLA and has an MBA from Northwestern. He has worked for the Cubs since 2012. He played baseball and lacrosse at Menlo School, and lacrosse at UCLA.

He also has a unique connection with the Giants. One of his mentors was the late Al Rosen, who was the Giants’ general manager from 1985-92. Rosen helped Harris get his first baseball internship, in 2008, with the Washington Nationals, he told The Athletic in a story last year.

“When I was in college, I wrote letters to every team,” Harris said. “Every president or GM. I didn’t know anyone in the game, so this was a pipe dream. I got a few letters back and had a few serendipitous encounters with people in the game. One was with Al Rosen.”

Harris attended Rosen’s funeral in 2015.

Harris also has worked in the commissioner’s office as coordinator of major-league operations.

Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: hschulman@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @hankschulmanl

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