Slow day yesterday, but I did see something creep over the wire that was newsworthy in Yankeeland. Via Sweeny Murti (who still has me blocked on Twitter), Billy Eppler has poached a pair of guys from the Yankee front office/scouting staff and brought them to join him in Anaheim. Steve Martone, who was the Yankees’ manager of pro scouting, will be Eppler’s new assistant GM, and Eric Chavez has been named special assistant to the GM. No word yet on whether Martone will have a special assistant to the assistant GM or if that position will be filled by a former Yankee, but stay tuned.
These aren’t devastating losses for the Yankees. They’ll replace from within on the pro scouting job and they can always bring in more ex-players to be scouts and special assistants, but there’s some significance to the loss of Chavez. He was reportedly instrumental in convincing the team to pursue the Didi Gregorius trade last offseason after playing with Didi in Arizona.
Oh well. That’s the name of the game when one of your own takes a big front office job somewhere else. So far the Eppler Effect hasn’t claimed any former Yankee players, but if this front office flurry is any indication, that can’t be far behind. Continue reading Quick Hit: Eppler Effect Nabs Two From Yankee Front Office