Source: Former GM Wade will not return in '18

ATLANTA -- The Phillies have made a few changes to their baseball operations and scouting departments.

A source told on Friday that Phillies pro scout Ed Wade will not return next season. The Phillies rehired their former general manager in December 2011, originally as a special assistant to baseball operations. The club has not confirmed the news.

Phillies senior advisor of international operations Benny Looper and pro scout Del Unser are retiring. Amateur scouts David Seifert and Paul Murphy will not return. It is unclear how the Phillies will fill the positions that Wade, Looper, Unser, Seifert and Murphy vacate.

Wade served as Phillies GM from 1998-2005, when the organization drafted Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Pat Burrell, Brett Myers and Ryan Madson. Philadelphia also selected Shane Victorino in the '04 Rule 5 Draft. Since then, Wade has worked as a Padres pro scout ('06-07) and as Astros GM ('07-11). Looper joined the Phillies in November '08 as an assistant GM before moving into his current role in January '16.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.