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November 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Red Sox announce front office promotions

The Red Sox today announced their newly revamped baseball operations department, the first under new General Manager Ben Cherrington. The changes are as follows:

Major League Operations

Mike Hazen now holds the title of Vice President/Assistant General Manager. Hazen has been an integral part of the Red Sox player development model, serving as Director of Player Development from the time he joined Boston in 2006 until the end of the 2010 season. He has most recently been the team's Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting. Prior to coming to Boston, Hazen was a member of the Cleveland Indians organization from 2001-2006, starting out overseeing the club's advance scouting and eventually being elevated to Assistant Director of Player Development in 2003. He played two seasons in the San Diego Padres system after being drafted by the team in the 1998 draft. During Hazen's tenure of overseeing the Red Sox minor league system, the team developed current stars such as Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard and Clay Buchholz.

Brian O'Halloran has also been promoted to the role of Vice President/Assistant General Manager. O'Halloran originally began his tenure with the team in 2002 as a Baseball Operations Assistant, serving as the team's Director of Baseball Operations from 2006 through January of this year. He was promoted to Vice President of Baseball Operations in February.

Allard Baird will now be the Vice President of Player Personnel after being the Vice President of Player Personnel and Professional Scouting during the 2011 season. Baird joined Boston in 2006 as an Assistant to the General Manager and Special Assignment Scout. He was a member of the Kansas City Royals organization for 18 years, beginning his career as the hitting coach for the Class-A Appleton Foxes and working his way up to General Manager in 2000. 

David Finley has been named the Director of Player Personnel. He joined Boston in 2002 as the West Coast Crosschecker and served as the team's National Crosschecker from 2005-2009. He was most recently elevated to the position of Special Assistant to the General Manager in January of 2010. Before coming to Boston, Finley worked as an area scout for the Padres from 1991-1994 and the Florida Marlins from 1995-2001. 

Zach Scott has been promoted to the role of Director of Major League Operations. Scott originally joined the team in 2004, and had been serving as the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations since 2006. 

Player Development
Raquel Ferreira will now serve as the Senior Director of Minor League Operations. Ferreira joined Boston in 1999 and has served as the team's Director of Minor League Operations since 2008. 

Ben Crockett has been elevated to the role of Director of Player Development. Crockett, a graduate of Harvard University, was drafted by the Red Sox back in the tenth round of the 2001 amateur draft after he was named the Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year that summer. He ultimately did not sign with the team and was drafted in the third round of the 2002 draft by the Colorado Rockies and pitched professionally until 2006. He originally joined the Red Sox as an intern in 2007 and served as Advanced Scouting Coordinator from 2008-2009. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development back in January of 2010. 

Amiel Sawdaye has received a contract extension to remain the team's Director of Amateur Scouting after serving in that role for the past two season. Sawdaye was previously the team's Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting from 2005-2009. 

Jared Porter has been promoted to the role of Director of Professional Scouting after serving as the Assistant Director of Professional Scouting the past two seasons. 

Eddie Romero Jr. will now serve as Boston's Director of International Scouting after previously serving as the Assistant Director of Latin American Operations and International Scouting. Romero joined the team in 2006 as an assistant in International and Professional Scouting, being elevated to Coordinator of Latin American Operations shortly thereafter. He is the son of former Red Sox infielder Eddie Romero Sr. who currently serves as a coach for the Greenville Astros. Prior to joining the Red Sox, Romero Jr. was a prosecutor for the State Attorney's office in Florida. 

Galen Carr has been named Special Assignment Scout after serving as a Major League Scout since 2007. Carr originally joined the Red Sox organization during the 2000 season as an intern. 

Bob McClure joins the Boston organization as a Special Assignment Scout/Coordinator after spending the last six seasons as the Pitching Coach for the Kansas City Royals. McClure is a veteran of 19 Major League seasons pitching for Royals, Brewers, Expos, Mets, Angels, Cardinals and Marlins between 1975-1993. He began his coaching career in 1994 with the Marlins and has also been a minor league pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies organization from 1999-2005. 

David Keller also embarks on his first season with the Red Sox after spending the last two seasons as a Pro Scout in the New York Mets organization. He has previously interned with the Phillies and Diamondbacks and served as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Atlantic League's Camden Riversharks from 2007-2008.