Orioles announce hiring of Thomas, Ferreira (updated, Stockstill keeping title/position))
Dan Duquette is continuing to staff his front office with veteran baseball men that he worked with years ago.
In an attempt to revamp the organization’s infrastructure, Duquette, the Orioles’ new executive vice president for baseball operations, has hired former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Lee Thomas as a special assistant and longtime international scouting guru Fred Ferreira as the club’s new international scouting director.
Last week he announced the hiring of new amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich, who worked with Duquette for years with the Boston Red Sox.
Ferreira has held a similar international scouting director position with the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins and the Montreal Expos -- one of Duquette’s former teams. He is credited with signing a host of international players including the Dominican Republic’s Vladimir Guerrero (for the Expos) and Puerto Rico’s Bernie Williams (for the Yankees).
Ferreira also is credited with signing current Orioles’ right hander Rick VandenHurk for the Marlins.
The Orioles have had little to no success in the international market for years. Their most successful signed and developed Dominican players of the past two decades are pitchers Armando Benitez and Daniel Cabrera.
The organization has never signed and developed its own Venezuelan major leaguer. This year, more than 60 Venezuelans were on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day rosters (including infielder Cesar Izturis).
In the 75-year-old Thomas, Duquette is rekindling a relationship he had during the last half of his tenure as the Boston Red Sox’s GM. Thomas served as Duquette’s special assistant there after a long career as a scout and administrator.
Thomas was the GM of the Phillies from 1988 to 1997, and won the Sporting News’ Executive of the Year Award in 1993 when his club made it to the World Series. Duquette hired Thomas to be a special assistant in 1998 and he stayed with the club until 2003 – a year after Duquette was fired by the Red Sox.
Thomas is the first special assistant added by Duquette; former Orioles president Andy MacPhail did not have any special assistants in 2011.
David Stockstill, who has been the organization’s international scouting director since switching job titles with his brother, John, in 2010, will maintain his position and job title. It's unclear how much a role he will have or specifically what it will be, but Duquette said Stockstill and Ferreira will both report directly to him.
John Stockstill will continue as the club’s player development director for the third consecutive season.