Red Sox executive Allard Baird hired away by Mets

“I’m thrilled to join the Mets and am ready for this opportunity to help build the Mets into perennial contenders."

Allard Baird
Allard Baird during spring training. –Barry Chin/Globe staff

When a team wins the World Series, it enhances the value of everybody who played a role. That includes members of the front office.

For the Red Sox, a month without even the slightest turbulence ended Wednesday when senior vice president of player personnel Allard Baird left to join the New York Mets. The 57-year-old Baird will be a vice president and assistant GM for scouting and player development under new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Baird ended a 12-year tenure with the Red Sox that started in 2006 when Theo Epstein hired him as a special assignment scout. The New Hampshire native added further responsibilities under Ben Cherington in 2011 and Dave Dombrowski in 2015. At various points in his time with the Sox, Baird ran the pro scouting department and worked to get the team a foothold in Cuba. He also served as a mentor to many younger executives.


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