UPDATE (Oct. 27, 6:15 p.m. PT): The San Diego Padres formally announced the hire of Logan White as senior advisor to the general manager/pro scouting director. According to the official press release, White will be the head of Padres’ scouting and player acquisition:
In his role with the Padres, White will be responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s professional scouting efforts and player acquisition at the Major and minor league level, as well as advising the general manager.
White leaves the Dodgers after joining them in 2002.
Still operating without a general manager, little movement has been made in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman now oversees.
Thus far, Friedman’s biggest move was his stating Don Mattingly would manage the Dodgers in 2015 and Friedman’s backing of Mattingly after Joe Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Dodgers reportedly will hire former Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes, though what role he may hold with the team is unclear. While it was reported just one week ago that Friedman would retain the entire scouting staff, that will not include Logan White, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman:
Logan White, well-respected dodgers scouting director who picked Kershaw, Kemp and the others, is taking job with Padres.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 27, 2014
White held various roles during his tenure with the Dodgers; serving as the director of amateur scouting, assistant GM and his most recent role, vice president of amateur scouting.
In July, white interviewed for the Padres’ vacant GM position, which went to A.J. Preller, who has a strong scouting and player development background. White’s departure is another blow to the group that’s aided in the restoration of the Dodgers’ farm system as they’ve also lost vice president and director of player development, De Jon Watson, to the Diamondbacks.
Along with being key in the selections of Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp as Heyman notes, White was also the head of the Dodgers’ international scouting department for 10 years (2002-2012) and fostered contracts with Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig, Julio Urias, and others.
White joined the Dodgers in 2002 and previously worked for the Padres as a west coast supervisor from 1993-1995.
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