BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington revealed on Monday night that Craig Shipley, the head of the team's international scouting department for several seasons, is all but certain to leave the organization in the coming days.
"I would expect that Ship probably will move on at this point," Cherington said. "I've had a number of conversations with him dating back to even before I was announced in this position. He's someone that I have great respect for. He's a really good evaluator, passionate baseball guy. Through the course of conversations with him, it just became clear to me that it might be time for a fresh start. So, that's the direction we're going. I wish him nothing but the best."
When Boston signed Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima out of Japan five years ago, Shipley did a heavy load of the work.
Matsuzaka and Okajima both were key contributors to a World Series championship in 2007.
However, at this point, Cherington thinks the international department would be best going in a different direction.
"We just felt like, in order to be positioned in the way that I think we need to be moving forward, expecting some possible changes with new rules in the CBA, the changing landscape of international [signings], I wanted to try to develop a little bit more of a Boston-based infrastructure for international," Cherington said. "Obviously we're always going to need really good evaluators on the ground to find talent. But I wanted to bring that operation back in a little closer to Boston. That was a primary goal."
The Red Sox are expected to announce a series of front-office moves on Tuesday, including the promotion of Mike Hazen from director of player development to assistant general manager.
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