With the general manager meetings scheduled for next week in Phoenix, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been active in filling the vacancies in their front office.
The team formally announced the hires of Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president of baseball operations on Thursday. As expected, the Dodgers announced Gabe Kapler as director of player development and Billy Gasparino as director of amateur scouting:
The Dodgers have named @gabekapler Director, Player Development and Billy Gasparino as Director, Amateur Scouting.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 7, 2014
Kapler spent 12 seasons in the Majors with six teams, including time with the Tampa Bay Rays when Andrew Friedman was the head of the front office. Kapler signed a Minor-League contract with the Dodgers in 2011 but didn’t make the team out of Spring Training.
Gasparino joins the Dodgers after having worked with the San Diego Padres as a national crosschecker before becoming their director of scouting. The additions have given the Dodgers one of the more highly-regarded front offices, which should only add to the expectations of the team.
Although a commonality the new faces share is their use of analytics, Friedman said Friday it would be unfair to view the group as one that solely relies on sabremetrics.
While the front office has rounded into form over the last two days, the Dodgers may still add Galen Carr, a special assignment scout for the Boston Red Sox.