Sources: Sawdaye leaving Boston for Arizona

Red Sox keep options open for GM role under Dombrowski

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have lost another important talent evaluator, as Amiel Sawdaye is set to become assistant general manager for the D-backs, multiple sources told MLB.com.

Neither club has announced the hiring of Sawdaye, as MLB has strict rules on announcements during the World Series, which starts on Tuesday between the Cubs and Indians (8 p.m. ET on FOX).

The move comes eight days after Mike Hazen left the Red Sox to become general manager in Arizona. Sawdaye had been with the Red Sox since joining the club as an intern in 2002.

Dave Dombrowski, as president of baseball operations for the Red Sox, runs the front office. Hazen had been second in command as the team's GM. As recently as a week ago, Dombrowski planned on hiring a new general manager, stating his preference would be to fill the role internally. 

But with Sawdaye no longer a candidate, Dombrowski and the Red Sox might decide not to have anyone work under the title of GM. Under that scenario, Hazen's duties could be replaced collectively by current club executives Brian O'Halloran, Allard Baird, Eddie Romero, Gus Quattlebaum, Ben Crockett and others.

It isn't surprising that Hazen would enlist Sawdaye to help him run the D-backs' front office.

Sawdaye had been the vice president of amateur and international scouting for the Red Sox since 2015, and was the team's amateur scouting director when the club drafted Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Dombrowski said last week he expected Hazen would try to hire some Red Sox employees, but said there would be a limit on how many.

It is also expected that the D-backs will interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for their vacant managerial position.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.