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De Jon Watson leaves Dodgers for Diamondbacks

Watson worked in the Dodgers' front office since 2007.

De Jon Watson (right), with Don Mattingly during spring training in 2012.
De Jon Watson (right), with Don Mattingly during spring training in 2012.
Jon SooHoo | LA Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers have lost a member of the front office, as vice president and director of player development De Jon Watson has left to join a revamped Diamondbacks front office under chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa.

Watson will be a senior vice president of baseball operations and former pitcher and current agent Dave Stewart was named VP and general manager. Both Watson and Stewart will report directly to LaRussa.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to be a part of a very special team that Tony has put together," said Watson in a press release. "I could not pass up the chance to be part of a dynamic working group and impact this organization in a way that helps us improve the way we compete, with a goal of playing October baseball."

Watson was with the Dodgers the last eight seasons, the last two as head of player development, responsible for evaluation of all players in the Dodgers' system, appointing all minor league managing, coaching, instructor and coordinator positions, all minor league transactions, as well as advising general manager Ned Colletti on 40-man roster moves.

He also started the Dodgers' annual winter development program, a week-long combination of both on and off field instruction for organization minor leaguers, in 2008.

It is unknown how the Dodgers will fill Watson's position, but the Dodgers did hire Roy Clark as national crosschecker last November. Clark, who worked with Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten in Washington and Atlanta, has extensive experience in running both player personnel and scouting departments in his career.

Stewart through the agency he founded, Sports Management Partners, represents both Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley, though now his firm has been transferred to former A's teammate Dave Henderson.

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As for my thoughts on the move, I'll let a few tweets do the talking. Which are more than anything a reaction to the over reaction I have seen when it is suggested the Dodgers might lose someone in the front office.