PHILADELPHIA -- Chuck LaMar, who most notably served as Tampa Bay Devil Rays general manager, has joined the Phillies' as a director of professional scouting. In an added position, LaMar will work with director of Major League scouting Gordon Lakey, and provide input on trades for GM Pat Gillick. He'll get right to work on Oct. 29, when the Phillies begin three days of organizational meetings at Citizens Bank Park. Manager Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff are expected to attend, along with scouts and the baseball operations department.
LaMar, 51, spent the 2007 season with the Washington Nationals, serving as special assistant to general manager Jim Bowden and national cross-checker. Should Gillick retire at the end of the 2008 season, LaMar could be considered for the position. For 23 years, LaMar has served in various capacities with several teams. He headed the Devil Rays from their inception in 1995 through the 2005 season. Under his watch, Tampa Bay drafted and developed Major Leaguers such as Carl Crawford, Aubrey Huff, Rocco Baldelli, Delmon Young and B.J. Upton. LaMar also spent five years with the Braves as director of scouting and player development -- where he worked with current Phillies assistant GM, scouting and player development Mike Arbuckle -- and assistant general manager for player personnel, and also worked for the Pirates and Reds.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.