Source: Dodgers part with several from int'l scouting corps
By Jesse Sanchez and Ken Gurnick
The Dodgers parted ways with a significant portion of their international scouting department on Monday, including vice president Bob Engle.
Also no longer with the club are Patrick Guerrero, the Dodgers' scouting coordinator in Latin America; Franklin Taveras, the club's scouting coordinator in the Dominican Republic; Joseph Reaves, the director of international and Minor League relations; Rafael Colon, special advisor for international player performance; Hidenori Sueyoshi, senior manager of international scouting; and Bruce Hurst, Latin America field coordinator, a source told MLB.com. The club did not confirm the front-office changes.
"The only explanation I got was that they wanted to go in a different direction and nothing else," Guerrero said from the Dominican Republic. "I understand. That's baseball."
Under Guerrero, the Dodgers were aggressive when the international signing period began on July 2, signing several top prospects, including 19-year-old right-hander Yadier Alvarez, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list; outfielder Starling Heredia, ranked No. 6, for $2.6 million; infielder Ronny Brito, ranked No. 21, for $2 million; outfielder Christopher Arias for $500,000 and shortstop Oneal Cruz for $950,000.
The Dodgers also signed right-handed pitcher Ramon Rosso, outfielder Carlos Rincon and shortstop Damaso Marte Jr. from the Dominican Republic, Venezuelan shortstop Luis Rodriguez and second baseman Aldo Espinoza from Nicaragua. Marte, the son of former Major League pitcher Damaso Marte, signed for a $300,000 bonus.
Because of the spending spree, the Dodgers have spent more than their allotted amount and will face the maximum penalty, under which they will be unable to sign an international prospect for more than $300,000 during the next two international signing periods.
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.