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Dodgers officially hire Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday officially announced the hiring of two members of the front office, including Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president of baseball operations. New president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman made the announcement.

"It is very exciting for us to be able to add two exceptional, veteran baseball executives like Farhan and Josh," Friedman said in a statement. "Farhan's primary focus will be the major league team and player acquisitions while Josh will concentrate on the oversight of scouting and player development. However, they will both work closely with me on all aspects of baseball operations in our efforts to make the Dodgers’ front office and team the best it can possibly be."

Zaidi was with the Athletics for 10 years, including the last six as director of baseball operations and in 2014 with added duties of assistant general manager.

The Dodgers will introduce Zaidi in a press conference on Friday morning at Dodger Stadium.

Byrnes has been a general manager for parts of eight seasons with the Diamondbacks and Padres, and was fired in San Diego in June. He has been rumored to be joining the organization since the day of Friedman's hire, even checking out an Arizona Fall League game with the Dodgers brass before his hire became official.

It is likely that the Dodgers will continue to add to the front office, with Billy Gasparino, Jeff Pickler and Gabe Kapler among the names mentioned in various reports.