The Dodgers it seemed cleaned a little house on Monday. First there was the coaching change with former Brewers manager Ron Roenicke taking over as third base coach on the major league team with 44 games remaining in the regular season. Now, the international scouting staff has reportedly been trimmed as well, per Jesse Sanchez and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Vice president of international scouting Bob Engle was chief among those let go, but by no means was alone, per Sanchez and Gurnick:
Also no longer with the club are Patrick Guerrero, the Dodgers' scouting coordinator in Latin America; Franklin Taveras, the club's scouting coordinator in the Dominican Republic; Joseph Reaves, the director of international and Minor League relations; Rafael Colon, special advisor for international player performance; Hidenori Sueyoshi, senior manager of international scouting; and Bruce Hurst, Latin America field coordinator, a source told MLB.com. The club did not confirm the front-office changes.
Of this group, all but Reaves were brought in under Guggenheim Partners ownership of the team, though none by current president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who was hired in November 2014.
This could be the case of the new front office using the last 10 months or so to evaluate before making any major personnel changes.
One of the new hires under Friedman was former Red Sox executive David Finley, whose title with the Dodgers is vice president of amateur and international scouting. With nothing official yet from the team, it's hard to know exactly if Finley will take on a more active role in international scouting now.
The timing of these moves is a little odd, if only because the Dodgers were the most active team during the current international signing period, which began July 2, spending over $22 million in bonuses, an amount that will be doubled as the team blew past its bonus pool.
Of the nine first-day international signees, seven players had one or two of Engle, Guerrero or Taveras as the signing scout, including Yadier Alvarez, Starling Heredia, Ronny Brito, Oneil Cruz, Christopher Arias, Ramon Rosso and Carlos Rincon.
Sanchez also lists Damaso Marte Jr., a Dominican shortstop and son of the former major league pitcher, as having signed with the Dodgers for a $300,000 bonus.
During the next two international signing periods, from July 2, 2016 to June 15, 2018, the Dodgers will be prohibited from signing any player to a bonus larger than $300,000.