• D’backs Interested In Oppenheimer?

    Posted by on July 7th, 2010 · Comments (8)

    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?

    Comments on D’backs Interested In Oppenheimer?

    1. bfriley76
      July 7th, 2010 | 1:58 pm

      Kim Ng?

    2. July 7th, 2010 | 2:01 pm

      bfriley76 wrote:

      Kim Ng?

      Totally forgot her. Good one. Maybe only girls are allowed to leave! ;-)

    3. MJ Recanati
      July 7th, 2010 | 2:46 pm

      If Oppenheimer leaves and takes the Arizona job, I have two suggestions:

      1) Damon, don’t forget your friends back in New York. And nothing says caring more than sending us Justin Upton for #62, straight up.

      2) To replace Oppenheimer, the Yanks should poach someone out of Boston’s front office to run the scouting department which oversees the draft. That’s one area where the Yanks could use some fresh blood and new ideas.

    4. Jake1
      July 7th, 2010 | 3:00 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      Bostons draft? who exactly are the great picks they’ve had the past 4 yrs?

    5. July 7th, 2010 | 3:36 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      To replace Oppenheimer, the Yanks should poach someone out of Boston’s front office to run the scouting department which oversees the draft. That’s one area where the Yanks could use some fresh blood and new ideas.

      Padres beat the Yankees to it:
      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4597317

    6. MJ Recanati
      July 7th, 2010 | 5:20 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Steve, people still work in Boston’s front office other than Jed Hoyer. I’m not focusing on a name as much as an organizational philosophy.

    7. MJ Recanati
      July 7th, 2010 | 5:24 pm

      Jake1 wrote:

      Bostons draft? who exactly are the great picks they’ve had the past 4 yrs?

      It’s not worth debating the “who” as much as the process and the method. Part of Boston’s draft advantage over New York is simply that they have more picks because they manage the arbitration process differently than the Yanks do. As such, with more picks come more opportunities to develop talent.

      My point is simply that I respect Boston’s approach to drafting and developing talent, as well as how they spend more money in the draft than the Yanks which obviously leads to better preliminary results and a greater opportunity for depth.

      The Yanks would be wise to replace Oppenheimer with someone that comes from Boston. One thing the Yanks could learn is how to do more in the Rule IV draft given the resources at their disposal.

    8. July 8th, 2010 | 12:44 pm

      I’m sad that Kim Ng isn’t as hot as I hoped (wanted) her to be.

      Oh well…

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