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Hazen, O’Halloran promoted

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / November 23, 2011
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced that Mike Hazen and Brian O’Halloran have been promoted to vice president/assistant general manager.

Hazen, a native of Abington, is the former director of player development. He has been with the Red Sox since 2006 and will be Cherington’s top assistant.

O’Halloran, from Weymouth, moves up from vice president of baseball operations. He joined the Red Sox as an assistant in 2002.

Allard Baird was named vice president of player personnel. The former director of pro scouting will spend more of his time on major league matters.

David Finley moved up to director of player personnel and Zack Scott to director of major league operations.

In player development, Raquel Ferreira was named senior director of minor league operations. She has been with the organization since 1999.

Ben Crockett, Hazen’s assistant last year, will become director of player development. He is a former Harvard pitcher who has been with the Red Sox since 2007 when he was an intern.

Amiel Sawdaye has had his contract extended as director of amateur scouting. Jared Porter has been promoted to director of professional scouting. He joined the organization in 2004.

Eddie Romero will be the new director of international scouting, replacing Craig Shipley. He is the former assistant director of Latin American operations.

Galen Carr will be a special assignment scout after five years as a major league scout. The Sox also hired former Royals pitching coach Bob McClure as a special assignment scout and instructor.

Cherington also added Dave Keller as a pro scout. He was with the Mets the last two seasons.

“When I was offered the general manager position several weeks ago, I knew the best part of the job was the people I was going to get to work with every day,’’ Cherington said. “These promotions and additions, along with the extraordinary level of talent we have throughout baseball operations, are a reflection of that.’’

Spoone signs up

The Red Sox have signed righthander Chorye Spoone to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Spoone, 26, is a former eighth-round draft pick of Baltimore who was 7-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 games (19 starts) for Triple A Norfolk and Double A Bowie last season. The Red Sox also signed righthander Will Inman and lefthander Justin Thomas. Inman, 24, is a former third-round pick of Milwaukee who was 5-11 with a 6.55 ERA for Triple A Tucson in the Padres system last season. Thomas, 27, has 20 games of major league experience with the Mariners and Pirates. He spent most of last season with Triple A Indianapolis, posting a 3.89 ERA over 63 appearances . . . Two players who saw time for the Red Sox last season - Drew Sutton and Tommy Hottovy - have departed as minor league free agents. Sutton signed with the Braves and Hottovy with his hometown Royals. A utility player, Sutton batted .315 with the Sox over 31 games and 60 plate appearances. The lefthanded Hottovy was an organizational player who became a sidearming reliever and made his way to the majors for the first time at the age of 29. He appeared in eight games, throwing four innings.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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