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Red Sox elevate Mike Hazen, Brian O’Halloran to assistant GM in series of promotions

11.22.11 at 5:15 pm ET

The Red Sox announced the promotions of several members of their front office staff under new general manager Ben Cherington. The team had long been planning for the possible departure of former GM Theo Epstein, and so just as the team had been viewing Cherington as the right man to move up the ladder from assistant GM to general manager, so, too, had the team long anticipated a string of promotions that would maintain continuity in the organization’s baseball operations.

Indeed, Cherington has long felt that one of the most important yet most underrated aspects of building a strong organization is with the hiring, retention and promotion of talented members of the front office. The idea of filling out his staff by promoting colleagues is a central part of his organizational philosophy. (For more of Cherington’s thoughts on that subject, listen to this podcast.)

‘€œWhen I was offered the general manager position several weeks ago I knew the best part of the job was the people I was going to get to work with every day,’€ Cherington said in a statement. ‘€œThese promotions and additions, along with the extraordinary level of talent we have throughout baseball operations, are a reflection of that.’€

Perhaps the biggest surprise was that the team will now feature two assistant GMs. Both former VP of player development and amateur scouting Mike Hazen and VP of baseball operations Brian O’Halloran were promoted to vice president/assistant GM.

Hazen joined the Sox as assistant director of player development under Cherington in early 2006, coming from the Indians organization. He was promoted after that season to director of player development, serving as the head of the department at a time when the farm system put the finishing touches on the development of such players as Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard and others. In February, Hazen was promoted to VP of player development and amateur scouting. He turned down an opportunity to become assistant GM of the Padres in 2009 in order to remain with the Red Sox. Hazen, a 31st round draft pick out of Princeton in 1998, also played two years professionally.

O’Halloran, meanwhile, was one of the first front office hires under Epstein in 2002. He has moved up steadily from a baseball operations assistant to a manager of baseball operations to director and finally vice president of that department.

The Sox also promoted Allard Baird from VP of player personnel and pro scouting to VP of player personnel. Baird, the former GM of the Royals, has been with the Sox since he started consulting for them in 2006; he became a full-time front office staff member following that season. Baird recently turned down an opportunity to interview for the Orioles GM job in order to remain on Cherington’s staff.

Baird and David Finley are considered two of the organization’s top evaluators. Finley, like Baird, received a promotion, with the latter having moved up to director of player personnel. Finley has been with the Red Sox since 2002, when he joined them as a cross-checker and was a significant part of the effort to scout Jon Lester. Prior to coming to Boston, he also served as a scout in the Marlins system, where he was the man responsible for signing Adrian Gonzalez as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 draft.

With Hazen being promoted, Ben Crockett also moved up from assistant director of player development to director of that department. Crockett was a ninth-round selection of the Sox in the 2001 draft but did not sign, finished his degree at Harvard and was taken in the third-round of the 2002 draft by the Rockies. After pitching for parts of five seasons in Colorado’s organization, he joined the Sox as an intern before spending two years as a video advance scout and then the last two years as an assistant director under Hazen. Raquel Ferreira, the lone front office member aside from Cherington who has been with the Sox since Dan Duquette‘s tenure as GM, was promoted to senior director of minor league operations.

Meanwhile, O’Halloran’s promotion led to the promotion of Zack Scott to director of major league operations. Scott joined the Sox as an intern in 2004 and has been in baseball operations since 2005.

The Red Sox also promoted assistant director of Latin American operations and international scouting Eddie Romero Jr. to director of international scouting, a post in which he replaces Craig Shipley as the organizer of the Sox’ efforts to acquire talent from around the globe. Romero, the son of former Red Sox player Eddie Romero Sr., left a legal career in Florida in order to join the Sox front office in 2006.

Amiel Sawdaye remains in place as the director of amateur scouting, while Jared Porter was promoted from assistant director of professional scouting to director of the same department, moving up the ladder in tandem with Baird.

On the scouting side, the Red Sox announced a promotion and two additions.

Galen Carr has been promoted to special assignment scout. Carr will be in his 13th season with the Red Sox organization in 2012, having formerly served as a major league scout over the last five seasons from 2007-11 and as a pro scout in 2006. Prior to those positions, Carr was the club’€™s advance scouting coordinator from 2003-05 and was an advance scouting administrator from 2001-02. A pitcher at Colby College, he joined the Red Sox organization prior to the 2000 season as an intern.

Bob McClure joins the organization as a special assignment scout/instructor. McClure spent the last six seasons as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals after being named to the position on October 12, 2005. Prior to joining the Royals, he served as a minor league pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies system for seven seasons, including three years with Single-A Salem from 1999-2001 and four seasons with Triple-A Colorado Springs from 2002-05. McClure began his coaching career with the Florida Marlins in 1994 as a coach on the major league staff and also served as a scout with the Marlins in 1996. A left-handed pitcher, he played 19 major league seasons with the Royals (1975-76), Brewers (1977-86), Expos (1986-88), Mets (1988), Angels (1989-91), Cardinals (1991-92) and Marlins (1993), compiling a 68-57 record with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA (490 ER/1,158.2 IP) in 698 career games (73 starts).

David Keller has been hired as a professional scout. Keller spent the last two seasons as a pro scout for the New York Mets. He interned with the Arizona Diamondbacks in player development/baseball operations in 2009 and was the Philadelphia Phillies video advance scouting intern in 2006. Keller began his career in professional baseball in 2007, serving as director, baseball operations for the Atlantic League’€™s Camden Riversharks, a position he held for two years.

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