Via Ed Price yesterday –
The Diamondbacks seem likely to consider Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer to be their next GM, and Oppenheimer — once a Phoenix-based pro scout for the Yankees — would be a good choice.
But Arizona should consider going back to the future and look at hiring Reds assistant general manager Bob Miller to replace the fired Josh Byrnes. Before going to Cincinnati, Miller spent 1999-2005 with Arizona as director of baseball operations and then assistant GM, meaning Miller was a significant part of the organization’s signing and developing of Brandon Webb, Chris Snyder, Stephen Drew, Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, and Miguel Montero — not to mention the traded Conor Jackson, Carlos Quentin, Jose Valverde, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith.
This leads to an interesting question – when was the last time that someone at the G.M. position or below in the Yankees front office was allowed to leave and accept a position with another major league team? Was it Bill Livesey? Has it been that long? I know Bob Watson left…but he went to work for MLB and not another team. Am I forgetting someone else?