Orioles beef up their scouting staff

Orioles beef up their scouting staff
November 20, 2012, 9:00 am
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The Orioles beefed up their scouting staff, hiring another member of the Haas family. Matt Haas becomes the Orioles’ new national crosschecker.

Haas spent the last four years with Arizona as an area scout and before that was with Boston for six years. He joins his brother Danny, who is the Orioles’ national scouting supervisor.

The 40-year-old Haas’ most prominent signee was Kevin Youkilis, who he brought to the Red Sox in 2001.

Their father Eddie was a longtime scout who briefly managed the Atlanta Braves in 1985.

Recently, another member of a prominent baseball family, Lee MacPhail IV, nephew of former team president Andy MacPhail, left the organization. MacPhail, who’d been both a professional and amateur scout for the team, joined Seattle’s scouting department.

Youkilis has been casually mentioned as a possible free agent signee with the Orioles, but for now, his price tag is out of their range.

NOTES:

-Felix Pie, who played with the Orioles from 2009-11, and once hit for the cycle, signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh.

-The Toronto Blue Jays, spoke with former Orioles manager Mike Hargrove, but settled on John Gibbons. This will be the second stint as Blue Jays’ manager.