10:42am: Ng still hopes to become a GM one day, she told Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times. She also said that the Dodgers' ownership turmoil was not a factor in her decision to leave. Her 13-year stint with the Dodgers will run through Opening Day.
7:50am: A couple of former GM candidates are now working under Joe Torre in MLB's restructured baseball operations department. Dodgers vice president and assistant GM Kim Ng is leaving the club to become MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. And former Diamondbacks assistant GM Peter Woodfork will also work under Torre, reported Bill Madden of the New York Daily News yesterday. Both Ng and Woodfork have interviewed for GM jobs in the past.
Word came recently that MLB was firing VP of umpiring Mike Port, VP of administration Ed Burns, and senior specialist of on-field operations Darryl Hamilton in what Madden's MLB source called a "bloodbath." Madden says Woodfork's main responsibilities will be with umpires, while Ng's will be player-related. Madden notes that the changes shouldn't be seen as Torre's moves, as they were in the works before his hiring.