The Dodgers made a big hire in luring Andrew Friedman away from the Rays to run baseball operations earlier this month, but they’ve now lost a second key member of their front office to a division rival with scouting director Logan White leaving to join the Padres, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
White’s exit follows that of DeJon Watson, who joined a rebuilt Diamondbacks front office prior to the Dodgers’ move to bring in Freidman and replace general manaher Ned Colletti. Watson, formerly the Dodgers’ head of player development, likely would have received consideration for the GM gig had he not departed.
White wasn’t in the GM mix, which might be why he picked now to bolt. According to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, White will serve as a pro scouting director and senior advisor to GM A.J. Preller in San Diego. He previously worked for the Padres from 1993-95 and interviewed for their GM opening before they hired Preller.
White spent 12 years with the Dodgers, heading up the team’s draft efforts and also leading the charge to bring in Takashi Saito and Hiroki Kuroda from Japan. Among the players he drafted were Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin and Chad Billingsley, plus current top prospects Corey Seager and Joc Pederson.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.