Saturday, September 29, 2012
Sox to hire talent evaluator Eddie Bane
By Gordon Edes
BALTIMORE -- How serious are the Red Sox about adding new talent evaluators? They are about to hire Eddie Bane, the man who drafted spectacular rookie Mike Trout while he was scouting director of the Los Angeles Angels, as a major league special assignment scout with additional responsibilities in both amateur and professional scouting.
Bane, who was hired by the Tigers as a pro scout after he was fired by the Angels in 2010 -- Tony Reagins, the GM who fired him, subsequently lost his job a year later -- was granted permission by the Tigers to interview with the Red Sox, who met with him earlier this month.
Bane, 60, is a former pitcher with the Minnesota Twins who became a scout with the Indians and has been tracking players for the better part of three decades. He was with the Dodgers for years -- he drafted a Rhode Island kid named Paul Konerko in the first round in 1994 -- and served five years as a special assistant to Tampa Bay GM Chuck LaMar (1999-2003). He became the Angels' scouting director in 2004, and his first ever pick was Jered Weaver, the ace of the Angels' staff.
He also has drafted such current Angels as outfielder Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo, and on the international side signed first baseman Kendrys Morales. With a compensation pick the Angels received after losing Mark Teixeira to the Yankees in 2008, Bane selected Trout, who is having one of the greatest rookie seasons in major league history.
Bane also interviewed for the Arizona Diamondbacks job that went to Kevin Towers. Bane's brother, Dan, is chairman and CEO of Trader Joe's.
The Red Sox are not done restructuring their front office. They are expected to add at least one more talent evaluator. Among names that could be available are Gordon Blakeley, the longtime Yankees special assistant; former Dodgers GM Danny Evans; and Jays assistant GM Tony La Cava. The priority, it appears, may be someone with considerable amateur experience, although the job may depend on the hire.