LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Tuesday made official four new front office hires, including three that have been rumored for weeks. The Dodgers brought aboard Galen Carr, David Finley, Jeff Pickler and Jack Cressend.
Carr is the director of player personnel, essentially the same role held by longtime Ned Colletti right-hand man Vance Lovelace, who, like Colletti is now a special assistant to Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten. Carr was with the Red Sox for 15 years in scouting, including as a special assignment scout for the last four years.
Finley is vice president amateur and international scouting, after 13 years with the Red Sox. It sounds like he will work closely with new director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino and vice president of international scouting Bob Engle.
Pickler comes to the Dodgers as special assistant in pro scouting and player development. He was most recently a scout with the and worked with Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes in both San Diego and Arizona.
Byrnes has worked with Carr, Finley and Pickler. Cressend, however, comes from Tampa Bay, where he worked with new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. The Dodgers created a new position of pitching crosschecker for Cressend, who scouted with the Rays from 2006-2008 and was an amateur scout and pitching consultant for Tampa Bay since 2012, coaching at the University of Houston and Tulane in the three years in between (2009-2011).
Cressend pitched five years for the Twins and Indians, putting up a 4.20 ERA in 122 relief appearances from 2000-2004. He was a non-roster invitee to Red Sox camp in spring training in 2005, when Byrnes was assistant general manager in Boston, so there is your Byrnes connection there too.
The Dodgers lost longtime scout Paul Fryer to the Red Sox, per Alex Speier of WEEI. Fryer was a national cross checker who also played a role in the signings of Hiroki Kuroda and Yasiel Puig, among others. He even held the position of global crosschecker in 2011-2012, officially adding international duties to his role, though with the hire of Engle and the overhaul of the international scouting after 2012, Fryer returned to his role of national cross checker.
Fryer was the second national crosschecker to leave the Dodgers this offseason, with Roy Clark leaving for a senior position in the Braves front office in October. John Green remains as national crosschecker, as does Gib Bodet, who also serves the dual role of special advisor to amateur scouting.