Via Ken Davidoff, the Yankees have hired former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu to a job in their pro scouting department. Wakamatsu managed the Mariners in their surprisingly strong 2009 season, but was fired before the end of his second season at the helm amidst an historically inept offensive performance by the M’s in 2010. He spent the last two seasons as John Farrell’s bench coach in Toronto.
Front office/staff moves like this are tough to “evaluate,” if only because we don’t actually see what goes on with these people as they go about doing their job. However, I do think it’s interesting that the Yankees continue to bring in names you’ve heard before to do these jobs. In the past few years they’ve used Kevin Towers and Jim Hendry as special assignment scouts after they lost GM jobs elsewhere, and now they’re incorporating Wakamatsu as a scout.