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Red Sox announce staff changes

BOSTON -- As expected, the Boston Red Sox announced a total of 13 personnel changes in the organization's baseball operations department.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington made the announcements Tuesday afternoon. When Cherington was named GM last month, he said there would be changes within the organization, and he promoted some of his closest and most trusted staff members.

"When I was offered the general manager position several weeks ago I knew the best part of the job was the people I was going to get to work with every day," Cherington said. "These promotions and additions, along with the extraordinary level of talent we have throughout baseball operations, are a reflection of that."

Mike Hazen and Brian O'Halloran both were promoted and will each serve as a vice president/assistant general manager.

Hazen held the position of vice president of player development and amateur scouting since last February after spending the previous five seasons as Boston's director of player development.

O'Halloran held the position of vice president of baseball operations since last February. He's been with the Red Sox since 2002 and also has served as a baseball operations assistant (2002) and manager of major league administration (2004-05). He served as director of baseball operations from 2006 to January 2011.

It was rumored that the Red Sox were interested in hiring former Mets GM Omar Minaya to head Boston's international scouting department, but Cherington had said Monday that he would promote from within the organization and not hire from outside. He did just that in promoting Eddie Romero to director of international scouting.

Romero held the role of assistant director of Latin American operations/international scouting in 2011 after a year as the club's assistant director of Latin American operations. He joined the organization in 2006 as an assistant in international and pro scouting.

Cherington also said Craig Shipley would not remain with the organization as senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting.

"We just felt like in order to be positioned in the way I think we need to be moving forward, and expecting changes with the rules, the new CBA and the change in landscape internationally, I wanted to try to develop a little bit more of a Boston-based infrastructure for international," Cherington said. "Obviously we're always going to need really good evaluators on the ground and people identifying talent. We wanted to bring that operation back a little closer to Boston. That was the primary goal."

Shipley had worked out of the Pacific Rim.

David Finley, special assistant to the general manager since January 2010, was promoted to director of player personnel. He joined the Red Sox organization in 2002 as a West Coast crosschecker before serving as the organization's national crosschecker from 2005-2009.

Zack Scott was promoted to director of major league operations after being the assistant director of baseball operations since 2006. He joined the Red Sox as an intern in the baseball operations department in 2004.

Raquel Ferreira was named senior director of minor league operations. The 2012 season will be her 14th with the Red Sox organization and she's been an integral part of the club's minor league development. She has served as the director of minor league operations for the last four seasons.

Ben Crockett was promoted to director of player development after serving as assistant director of player development since January 2010. He joined the organization as an intern in baseball operations in 2007 and was advance scouting coordinator from 2008-2009.

Amiel Sawdaye has been given a contract extension as Boston's director of amateur scouting. He is entering his 11th season in the Red Sox organization and his third in his current role.

Jared Porter has been promoted to director of professional scouting. He has spent the last two years as the Red Sox's assistant director of pro scouting.

Galen Carr has been promoted to special assignment scout. He's entering his 13th season with the Red Sox and has served as a major league scout for the last five seasons.

Cherington also hired former major league pitcher Bob McClure, the Kansas City Royals' pitching coach the last six seasons, as a special assignment scout/instructor and David Keller as a pro scout.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.