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Scott Harris declined Mets job, Giants fielding many calls about their staff

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The Giants will pay the price of being a great team, but it won’t come in the form of losing their GM.

San Francisco Giants’ new general manager Scott Harris (l to r) speaks during a news conference with president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi in the Nick Peters Media Interview Room at Oracle Park on Monday, November 11, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo By Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Things move quickly, even in the offseason, and it turns out that Scott Harris will be staying with the San Francisco Giants. On Monday morning it was reported that Harris, the team’s general manager for the last two years, had talked with the New York Mets about a position in their front office, as they are overhauling their baseball operations department.

But just a few hours later, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reported that Harris had informed Mets owner Steve Cohen that he was not interested. Given that Harris is still in the early days of having a high ranking position with a team that just won 107 games and is near his hometown, this shouldn’t be surprising.

But it’s good news for the Giants. Harris doesn’t get much public credit, as president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is generally viewed as the face of the operation, but the Giants GM has played an enormous role in the team transforming from very bad to setting wins records nearly overnight.

While the Giants won’t need to begin a GM search this offseason, they’ll likely need to search to fill some holes on the staff, with Baggarly reporting what we all could have guessed: that the Giants are getting flooded with calls about people on their staff.

This is no surprise whatsoever. When you go from a sub-.500 team to a 107-win squad in one season, the rest of the league takes notice. And the fastest way to catch up to the leaders in baseball is enlist the help of the people who got them there in the first place.

It seems as though the Giants have done well creating the environment that Baggarly references, though they’ll almost surely lose some people in the process. The team has an abnormally large coaching staff, which not only means that there are a lot of people who can be poached, but likely a lot of people who could be offered a bigger opportunity elsewhere.