Lee MacPhail reassigned, Orioles unlikely to fill his spot

The Orioles front office shakeup continued Monday, with the news that director of professional scouting Lee MacPhail IV will be reassigned to a Major League position within the organization.

The news came on a conference call announcing the hiring of new amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette indicated that more changes are on the horizon.

“We will make other changes to the staff to make sure we are strong, not just in amateur scouting but at all levels,” said Duquette, who added that the Orioles aren’t likely to replace MacPhail’s position but will have “appropriate” staffing at all levels of the organization.

The nephew of former president of baseball operations AndyMacPhail, Lee spent 3 1/2 years as an area scout for the  Minnesota Twins, and was a professional scout in ’07 before the Orioles hired him that October. His reassignment is the latest in a front office shakeup that started with Andy MacPhail’s departure. Duquette, who made his first big hire in Rajsich, said Monday that the organization’s front office will continue to shift, with most of the changes expected between now and the end of next week’s Winter Meetings.

*Duquette also said nothing is official with Korean right-hander Tae-Hyon Chong. Although the expectation remains that the two sides, who have agreed to terms, can get the physical completed and finish up the minor details needed to announce the signing.

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