Haas hired, reportedly more reassignments

The Orioles announced Friday that Danny Haas has been hired as the club’s National Crosschecker. Haas spent the last 10 seasons as an amateur scout in the Boston Red Sox organization, and the 35-year-old most recently served as Boston’s Southeast Crosschecker.

Haas worked as the club’s Upper Midwest/Northeast Crosschecker from 2006-09, with Red Sox Major Leaguers Ryan Kalish, Ryan Lavarnway and recently-traded Kyle Weiland all signed during that time.

Haas was originally hired by Boston in 2002 –right at the end of Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette’s tenure as GM – and he served as a Midwest area scout. Haas was named Red Sox Amateur Scout of the Year in 2004 and signed Red Sox pitcher Michael Bowden in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft.

Haas’ hiring is the latest in a front-office overhaul that is expected to continue for the rest of 2011. Duquette announced the reassigning of Lee MacPhail IV, director of professional scouting, several weeks ago on a conference call to unveil new amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich and –according to a report Friday morning from FoxSports — five other pro scouts were also informed Thursday that they will be reassigned within the organization. Todd Frohwirth, Jim Howard, James Keller, Ted Lekas and Jim Thrift will be reassigned along with MacPhail, although their exact duties are still yet to be determined.

In announcing MacPhail’s reassignment, Duquette said that he had never had a director of pro scouting and indicated that he would prefer to allocate resources and people elsewhere.

“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 weren’t going to replace MacPhail’s position but instead would have “appropriate” staffing at all levels of the organization.

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