Stearns: Ash 'going to stay' with Brewers

Longtime executive shifts to advisor role after reaching agreement with GM

MILWAUKEE -- Longtime Brewers executive Gord Ash will remain with the club in an advisory and pro scouting capacity, general manager David Stearns said Monday.

Ash had been the Brewers' assistant general manager since November 2002, but was removed from that role last month as the newly hired Stearns shaped his front office. Stearns subsequently hired Matt Arnold as assistant GM, but he said he hoped Ash would remain in a different role. By last week, they had reached an agreement.

"He's going to be a very helpful advisor from a strategic thinking standpoint," Stearns said. "He'll also do some professional and Major League coverage for us once the regular season gets going. But Gord is going to stay."

Meanwhile, Stearns' search for a farm director is ongoing, he said. Reid Nichols, who joined the team at about the same time as Ash, was removed from that post last month and will not remain with the organization.

"We're trying to be as thorough with that as possible," Stearns said. "We have it down to a shortened list of candidates, and are looking forward to making a hire there in the not-to-distant future."

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