Front Office Notes: Duquette, Gwynn, Padres, Wilken

Earlier today we learned that the Angels will name Jerry Dipoto as their new GM while the Orioles are leaning towards hiring Tony LaCava for the same role. Let's round up the latest front office news from around the game…

  • The Diamondbacks are unlikely to fill Dipoto's position, according to's Steve Gilbert (Twitter links). The team believes scouting director Ray Montgomery and farm director Mike Bell can handle the responsibilities.
  • Dan Duquette was among those interviewed by the Angels, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Duquette has served as GM of the Expos (1991-1994) and Red Sox (1994-2002), but most recently has been involved with the Israeli Baseball League and New England Collegiate Baseball League.
  • The Mariners have hired Chris Gwynn to be their director of player development, reports Dan Hayes of The North County Times (on Twitter). Gwynn had previously been the Padres director of player personnel.
  • Hayes hears from a source that Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch will not assume the departed Jason McLeod's duties (Twitter link). The team will look to hire new evaluators following the departures of McLeod, Gwynn, and Jed Hoyer.
  • “I’m very happy that we got him over here for a number of reasons," said Cubs scouting director Tom Wilken to The Chicago Sun-Times when asked about working for McLeod, who now oversees the team's scouting and player development. “[His hiring] just kind of brought a smile to my face, and we’ve talked a little bit here in the last few days. And I really look forward to getting together with him and putting together this plan here to make us World Champions."

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7 Comments on "Front Office Notes: Duquette, Gwynn, Padres, Wilken"

3 years 10 months ago

so I know the cubs have a good core with epstein mcleod and hoyer plus fleita and wilken but how would that rank if there were a power ranking?

No Neck
3 years 10 months ago

Diamondbacks so cheap they will just absorb DiPoto’s old seat into the poor scouts and farm director…

3 years 10 months ago

Or maybe it’s just that they feel they have guys inside their organizations that can do an excellent job and know what their doing.

3 years 10 months ago

porque se fue  Gwynn de los Padres de San Diego?

3 years 10 months ago

Porque tenia fuertes conexiones con Jed Hoyer, quien se unio con Theo Epstein en Chicago.  

3 years 10 months ago

I would love to see Dan Duquette get another chance as a GM.

3 years 10 months ago

Ditto and surprised took this long for anyone, like yourself to post anything positive about the Duke. He was decent enough, not outstanding and did go outside the country really well with International FA, notably Hanley Ramirez and Anibel Sanchez. Put together many pieces on the 2004 WS team Epstein got credit for, yet was torn apart by the Boston media (go figure) throughout his rein. for nearly everything he did.

He had a couple of flaws IMO, one being his affliction (too much) with sticking with Kevin Kennedy too long, another clubhouse patsy as manager and constantly grabbing every single waiver wire refugee it seemed. Whether or not it was Kennedy that liked vets over his kids not sure, but it got old watching the likes of the O’Leary’s, Tinsley’s, Hasselman’s etc…