Front Office Notes: Pirates, Mariners, Orioles

The Pirates and Mariners recently agreed to extensions with their respective general managers and it appears that the Orioles will soon have to look to replace president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Here are the latest front office notes from around MLB…

  • The Pirates announced six promotions in their baseball operations department. Former scouting director Greg Smith is now an assistant general manager, as is former director of player development Kyle Stark. Tyrone Brooks is the Pirates' new director of player personnel and Joe DelliCarri is now the amateur scouting director. The Pirates also promoted Larry Broadway to director of minor league operations and Kevan Graves to director of baseball operations.
  • The Mariners announced that they hired Pete Vuckovich as a special assistant to GM Jack Zduriencik. The former Cy Young Award winner had worked on and off of the field for the Pirates in various roles since 1992. Vuckovich, now 58, won the 1982 American League Cy Young Award with the Brewers.
  • Jon Heyman of is hearing John Hart's name as a possibility for the Orioles' GM job (Twitter link). Hart, the former GM of the Indians and Rangers, is close to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, which helps his candidacy.

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4 Comments on "Front Office Notes: Pirates, Mariners, Orioles"

3 years 11 months ago

I think Jon Heyman is a “Brainless Momo”
Yesterday, he states what a huge blow it will be if Andy MacPhail decides to leave town.
Today, he’s hearing, that John Hart will be rolling into town once MacPhail leaves.
Jon what is wrong with you? Are there voices in your head? Is Sports Illustrated turning into a “Fish Wrap” rather then a top flight sport magazine?

According to his Wiki Bio – John Hart

After Hart garnered interest for the general manager position on other teams in the 2005 off-season, the Rangers extended his senior advisor contract for three more years in exchange for Hart refusing to consider any other GM positions. Thus Hart remains with the Rangers today and is locked up through the year 2013.

Come on Heyman, take a little bit more care when you do your due diligence will ya!

3 years 11 months ago

“Yesterday, he states what a huge blow it will be if Andy MacPhail decides to leave town.Today, he’s hearing, that John Hart will be rolling into town once MacPhail leaves.”
I am curious to know why you think these things conflict at all?

3 years 11 months ago

Maybe my response was an overreaction Rabbitov. However, what I am annoyed about is that there’s a lot of rumors floating around out there and there’s no one doing any verification work. To the best of my knowledge no one out there, including Heyman, has said a peep about John Hart being under contract with the Rangers till 2013 except for me. Why is that? So unless John Hart is let out of his contract he’s not going to be a GM anywhere until 2013 and why would the Rangers do that? So if Jon Heyman is this great an wonderful baseball writer with a great and wonderful publication, the least he could do is comment on Hart’s contract situation when commenting about the rumor about becoming the O’s GM. Isn’t that part of his job? Or is that asking too much?

3 years 11 months ago

Congrats to Kyle Stark on the promotion. Our familes were close when we were younger. He is a bright young baseball mind who is going to make a team on heck of a gm someday.