Benny Looper, who’s spent 23 years with the Seattle Mariners, will assume Mike Arbuckle's responsibilities as assistant GM. Former Rays GM Chuck LaMar, who spent last season as Phillies director of professional scouting, has been promoted to assistant GM, player development and scouting, and will report to Looper, according to the team Web site.
Beerleaguer: As Ruben Amaro’s cabinet takes shape, it serves as a reminder that baseball decisions aren’t made in a vacuum. Ultimately, Amaro signs off, but consider the size and seniority of his baseball operations staff. Pat Gillick has been retained in an advisory role and Amaro is looking to add another assistant GM in the next few days to handle the Major League end. Dallas Green (senior advisor to the GM), Charley Kerfeld (special assistant to the GM), Gordon Lakey (director, Major League scouting), Steve Noworyta (director, Minor League operations) and Marti Wolever (director, scouting) are all remaining with the organization. Only Arbuckle is out.
Reading the comments, there’s some disapproval with the appointment of Looper, a Gillick colleague from Seattle, who’s been a part of a Mariners organization that has seen its talent pool shrink over the course of the decade, and also LaMar, an unpopular ex-GM from Tampa’s early years. However, it’s unrealistic to assume either assistant will install a vastly different philosophy than the one already in place, especially considering how the scouting directors, including Wolever, are staying put.
Nevertheless, Amaro, who carries perhaps the most unique pedigree of this entire group, still has a final appointment to make, and the door is open to install a bookish candidate who breaks from the scouting mold entirely.