Confirming four new front-office hires that had been rumored for weeks, the Dodgers appointed David Finley as Vice President, Amateur & International Scouting, Galen Carr as Director of Player Personnel, Jeff Pickler as Special Assistant, Pro Scouting & Player Development, and Jack Cressend as Pitching Crosschecker on Tuesday.
The Dodgers recently lost VP of amateur scouting Logan White to the San Diego Padres, as well as two crosscheckers, Roy Clark (to the Atlanta Braves) and Paul Fryer (to the Boston Red Sox).
Here’s a bit more on each of the new hires:
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had two doubles in a 3-for-4 performance last night in Team USA’s 6-1 win over Japan in the Japan All-Star Series. It was the first win for the traveling MLB squad against a Japanese all-star team known as “Samurai Japan.”
Puig made a diving catch in right field and also did this:
Then-Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez was popped for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy in 2009. Today, Newsday reported that Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras “orchestrated a meeting to help fabricate medical records and concoct a cover story to explain (Ramirez’s) failed drug test.”
The source: Anonymous sources citing testimony given by Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch to federal investigators.
Boras, who represents current Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, infielder Alex Guerrero and prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias, issued a statement that disputes Bosch’s claim. It reads:
I spoke to Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ new director of player development, for a story that will run soon.
Here a couple direct quotes from Kapler that I didn’t include. You get a sense for how philosophically driven he is, a facet of his character that’s been written about before. (See here, here and here).
On his new job:
According to CBSsports.com, the Seattle Mariners are one team who could put together a trade proposal for a very available Matt Kemp.
From Jon Heyman:
The Dodgers are looking to deal an outfielder, or possibly two, and the assumption had been that Carl Crawford and/or Adnre Ethier were most likely to be dealt, but Matt Kemp‘s name is clearly out on the trade market, too.
Word is, there is some interest in Kemp after his nice second half in L.A. last year, so he could be the righthanded middle-of-the-order bat several teams need.
The Mariners could use the help on offense — and move Kemp to his preferred position — after they got an MLB-low .556 OPS from their center fielders in 2014.