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Red Sox make staff changes

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 22, 2011 04:13 PM

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The Red Sox announced some changes within baseball operations today. Here is the breakdown:

Mike Hazen has been promoted to Vice President/Assistant General Manager. Hazen has served as the Red Sox Vice President, Player Development and Amateur Scouting since February after spending the previous five seasons from 2006-10 as Boston’s Director of Player Development.

Brian O’Halloran has been promoted to Vice President/Assistant General Manager. O’Halloran had held the role of Vice President, Baseball Operations since February. He joined the Red Sox organization as a Baseball Operations Assistant in 2002.

Allard Baird has been named Vice President, Player Personnel after spending the 2011 season as the club’s Vice President, Player Personnel and Professional Scouting. He previously served as an Assistant to the General Manager beginning in November 2006 after joining the Boston organization in July 2006 as a special assignment scout.

David Finley has been promoted to Director, Player Personnel. Finley most recently held the position of Special Assistant to the General Manager after being named to the post in January 2010.

Zack Scott has been promoted to Director, Major League Operations. Scott has served as Boston’s Assistant Director, Baseball Operations over the last six years beginning in 2006.

Player Development

Raquel Ferreira has been promoted to Senior Director, Minor League Operations. Ferreira will be in her 14th year with the organization in 2012 after serving as Director, Minor League Operations over the last four seasons from 2008-11 and as Director, Minor League Administration from 2002-07.

Ben Crockett has been promoted to Director, Player Development. Crockett has served as the club’s Assistant Director, Player Development since January 2010.

Scouting

Amiel Sawdaye has had his contract extended as Boston’s Director, Amateur Scouting. Sawdaye will be in his 11th season in the Red Sox organization in 2012 and third year in his current role.

Jared Porter has been promoted to Director, Professional Scouting. Porter spent the last two years as the Red Sox Assistant Director, Professional Scouting. He was the club’s Coordinator, Professional Scouting from 2008-09 after serving as Assistant, Player Development in 2006-07.

Eddie Romero has been promoted to Director, International Scouting. Romero held the role of Assistant Director, Latin American Operations/International Scouting in 2011 after a year as the club’s Assistant Director, Latin American Operations.

Galen Carr has been promoted to Special Assignment Scout. Carr will be in his 13th season with the Red Sox organization in 2012, having formerly served as a Major League scout over the last five seasons from 2007-11 and as a pro scout in 2006.

Bob McClure joins the organization as a Special Assignment Scout/Instructor. McClure spent the last six seasons as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals after being named to the position on October 12, 2005. Prior to joining the Royals, he served as a minor league pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies system for seven seasons, including three years with Single-A Salem from 1999-2001 and four seasons with Triple-A Colorado Springs from 2002-05. McClure began his coaching career with the Florida Marlins in 1994 as a coach on the Major League staff and also served as a scout with the Marlins in 1996. A left-handed pitcher, he played 19 Major League seasons with the Royals (1975-76), Brewers (1977-86), Expos (1986-88), Mets (1988), Angels (1989-91), Cardinals (1991-92) and Marlins (1993), compiling a 68-57 record with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA (490 ER/1,158.2 IP) in 698 career games (73 starts).

David Keller has been hired as a Professional Scout. Keller spent the last two seasons as a pro scout for the New York Mets. He interned with the Arizona Diamondbacks in player development/baseball operations in 2009 and was the Philadelphia Phillies Video Advance Scouting Intern in 2006.

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Based on last season's organizational flow chart, the Red Sox have kept all their key decision makers who were below Theo Epstein with the exception of Craig Shipley, who was replaced as international scouting director.

Changes to the medical staff are coming up.

Under the new look, Ben Cherington's top assistants will be Hazen, O'Halloran and Baird. In previous seasons, Baird operated out of the office as a professional scout. Those duties will fall to Porter now.

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