Murov, Kim are additions, no one else leaves Jays front office
By Bob Elliott
Who said this was an off-season of inactivity for the Blue Jays?
Not in the front office certainly.
The Jays hired Mike Murov for the newly created position of director, baseball operations on Sunday morning, their second Level 300 hire in five days.
Murov had worked with the Boston Red Sox since 2010 and takes over duties occupied by assistant general manager Jay Sartori, who left in September of 2013 to take a job with Apple.
President Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins hired Gil Kim, Texas Rangers international scout, as director of player development on Wednesday
Kim replaces Dickie Scott, who was fired in 2009 days after Alex Anthopoulos took over as GM for J.P. Ricciardi.
The additions of Murov and Kim means Charlie Wilson and Doug Davis, who have been running the minor leagues as a two-headed farm director since Scott left, are safe for 2016.
A Toronto native, who has worked for the Jays since 1993, Wilson continues as director of minor league operations. Former big leaguer Davis, who joined the Jays in 2007 managing triple-A Syracuse, remains minor league field coordinator.
Both Davis and Wilson are signed for this year as the new front office shifts from an organizational stand point.
Does it shift toward Lake Erie as many fear? Too early to tell.
The hiring of Kim, of Potsville, Penn., a Vanderbilt University grad, who worked for the Rangers and Murov, of Oakland, who attended Dartmouth and worked for the Red Sox are good signs for worried Jays employees trying to read which way the wind is blowing.
Kim, Davis and Wilson, along with the Jays high performance team -- of trainers, strength coaches, mental coaches and doctors -- met for three days last week in Dunedin.
Some of the strength and mental coaches are also new hires.
Considered a bright mind in the game, Kim was under contract to the Rangers, but Texas granted Toronto’s request to talk to him. He was the Rangers international scouting director the last two years.
Texas was limited in 2014 because of going over the limit the previous year but had a big haul in 2015.
The Rangers signed Dominican prospect Leodys Taveras, No. 3 on Baseball America’s international ($2.1 million US), plus Cuban Andy Ibanez ($1.6 million) and Miguel Aparicio of Venezuela ($500,000) last year.
The Rangers signed three Dominican prospects Marcos Diplan ($1.3 million), Yeyson Yrizarri ($1.35 million) and Michael de Leon ($550,000) in 2013 so were over the bonus allotment for 2014.
As for Murov his job description will support “baseball operations in creating and implementing decision making systems and processes across the department.”
As well as assisting in “the preparation and analysis of financial, statistical, and contractual information, coordinating contract negotiation and arbitration preparation.”
Kim, all 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, was a member of the Vanderbilt University Commodores for three seasons and a teammate of lefty David Price in 2005.
Kim hit .048 (1-for-21) but as the saying goes -- it was a hard .048. After that the infielder was off becoming a citizen of the world playing for the Hoofddorp Pioniers in The Netherlands, Beijing Tigers in China, Western District Bulldogs in Australia, FC Barcelona in Spain and Tiburones de La Guaira in Venezuela.
And now he’s on to another country.
SCOUT AND ABOUT: Nick Manno scouted for the Blue Jays from 2009 until this past season in various scouting capacities. He has joined the Seattle Mariners staff as a major-league scout. Previously he worked for Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2003-06.
SCOUT’S HONOR: Former Jays scouts Bob Engle and Gordon Lakey were honored Saturday night at the Professional Scouts Foundation banquet in Beverly Hills. Engle won the George Genovese lifetime achievement award. Genovese scouted and signed the likes of George Foster, Jack Clark, Bobby Bonds, Chili Davis, Gary Matthews, Matt Williams and Royce Clayton. His autobiography, explained how the Giants played two games in 1973 in which seven of the nine players on the field for San Francisco were signed by Genovese.