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"So for the next 30 days, Farhan Zaidi is the most interesting man in baseball. There’s not a decision maker in the game who has more to sell than does Zaidi, and unlike some teams who might lay claim to that descriptor, he isn’t nursing dreams of a second-half run to the playoffs. The Giants have the second-worst record in the NL, and that’s an accurate reflection of what they are. Any team, like the seven mentioned above or the ten others with an eye on October, that needs pitching should be lighting up Zaidi’s phone regularly."