The Dodgers have announced the hiring of Gerry Hunsicker as a senior advisor of baseball operations. “Gerry brings a wealth of senior level experience and knowledge that will assist baseball operations at all levels,” said GM Ned Colletti.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale describes the hire as a "terrific" one for the Dodgers. Hunsicker has been working as the Rays' senior VP of baseball operations since 2005, and given how the Dodgers' media release makes special note of Hunsicker's role in expanding Tampa Bay's international scouting presence, it stands to reason he'll perform similar duties in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have looked to increase their international presence since Guggenheim Media bought the club, as shown as the signings of such notable players as Yasel Puig.
Hunsicker, 62, was general manager of the Astros from 1995 to 2004. The Astros made five playoff appearances in that stretch, getting as far as the seventh game of the 2004 NLCS.