DETROIT -- Scott Bream was one of the last holdovers in Tigers baseball operations from Randy Smith's tenure as general manager, before the Padres hired him away with a better opportunity as a special assistant. Two years later, Detroit created a position to bring him back.
The Tigers haven't had a director of pro scouting under team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, who placed those duties in the hands of longtime assistant Scott Reid as vice president of player personnel. They now have one in Bream, who will take on some of Reid's duties.
"He's a very good evaluator of talent, a very good baseball person," Dombrowski said, "a guy that we didn't want to lose at the time, but he also got a nice promotion at that point. For us, we're very happy to have him back.
"We had a very different role available now, because I think as Scott Reid progresses, he's going to give up some of his responsibilities and help him with the coordination there. But we also have a guy who's a good evaluator who can help us with trying to find players."
Bream fills the opening in the scouting department left by Eddie Bane, who joined the Red Sox at the end of the regular season as a special assistant for player personnel.
"We lost Eddie Bane, so we were really looking for someone who could step in and help us a great deal," Dombrowski said. "So Scott Bream's ready to step up and take some additional responsibilities."