Hazen brings Boston colleague Sawdaye aboard

D-backs' new assistant GM introduced; manager search to get underway soon

Hazen brings Boston colleague Sawdaye aboard

PHOENIX -- The D-backs officially introduced assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye on Wednesday, and the process to find the team's next manager is expected to heat up soon.

Sawdaye, 39, had an opportunity to stay with the Red Sox, where he was vice president in charge of amateur and international scouting, but he elected instead to follow newly hired general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

"Obviously the relationship with Mike made it most appealing," Sawdaye said. "Coming to the Diamondbacks, there's young talent here, a lot of really good people, really good staff, really good players up and down the roster. I think just a new challenge for me is something that I'm really excited about and I'm excited to be out here in the desert."

Sawdaye interviewed for the Red Sox GM job, which Hazen vacated to join the D-backs. However, it now appears Boston will not promote anyone to the GM position under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

While his focus was on the Draft and signing international players, Sawdaye will now spend more time working on the Major League side of baseball operations.

"He'll be working directly with us with the Major League club, with the Major League coaching staff, and he'll also oversee a lot of the process that goes into our evaluation and scouting -- really wanting to fine tune what we do there," said Hazen. "We obviously have done a really good job in the Draft here with [scouting director Deric Ladnier], and we want to continue that. And I think Amiel will be a resource for those guys as we continue to focus on that area of the operation as every club does. It's such a vital piece to what you want to have operating at peak efficiency for that sustainability moving forward."

Hazen was asked if he could say whether assistant GM Bryan Minniti, farm director Mike Bell, or Ladnier would remain with the team.

"I don't really want to get into any other specific people in the office," Hazen said. "I look at this as an addition to the good people that are here. Any additions are just going to contribute further to what we're trying to do. I think as we go through this process -- it's a challenging process anytime somebody new comes in -- and I think what we want more than anything is for everybody to feel valued and have a really good place for what we're going to do moving forward."

As for who will replace Chip Hale as manager, Hazen said the process would begin "shortly" and would likely include around five to seven candidates.

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo's name has been mentioned, given his ties to Hazen. Triple-A Reno manager Phil Nevin is well-regarded by the organization and could get a look, as could third-base coach Matt Williams.

Former Padres manager Bud Black is another option, and there have been reports that the D-backs might have interest in Braves first-base coach Eddie Perez.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.