Dodgers announce front office additions
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the front office additions of David Finley as Vice President, Amateur & International Scouting, Galen Carr as Director of Player Personnel, Jeff Pickler as Special Assistant, Pro Scouting & Player Development and Jack Cressend as Pitching Crosschecker. Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made the announcements.
David Finley, Vice President, Amateur & International Scouting
Finley joins the Dodgers as Vice President, Amateur & International Scouting after spending the past 13 seasons in the Red Sox organization, most recently serving as Boston's Director, Player Personnel since November 2011. Finley was also a Special Assistant to the General Manager with Boston after joining the organization as the West Coast Crosschecker prior to the 2002 season and then spending five years as the Red Sox's National Crosschecker from 2005-09. He earned Red Sox Scout of the Year honors in 2007.
Finley, who was drafted by Oakland in 1987 and played two seasons as an infielder in the A's system, previously worked as an area scout for the Padres (1991-94) and Marlins (1995-2001).
Galen Carr, Director of Player Personnel
Carr will become the Dodgers' Director of Player Personnel following 15 years as a scout for the Boston Red Sox, most recently serving as a Special Assignment Scout since 2011.
He joined the Red Sox organization prior to the 2000 season as an intern after pitching collegiately at Colby College and worked his way up the organizational chain from advance scouting administrator (2001-02) to advance scouting coordinator (2003-05) to pro scout (2006) and then to Major League scout (2007-11).
Jeff Pickler, Special Assistant, Pro Scouting & Player Development
Pickler joins the Dodgers as a Special Assistant, Pro Scouting & Player Development after most recently serving as a professional scout with the Padres (2010, 2012-14). He briefly left San Diego in 2011 to be a roving infield coordinator for the Angels and also gained coaching experience as an assistant at the University of Arizona in 2009. Pickler broke into the front office ranks as an advance scout and consultant to the Major League staff with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006-08, following a playing career that included eight minor league seasons with the Milwaukee (1998-2001), Texas (2002-04) and Colorado (2005) organizations.
The Orange County native played college ball at the University of Tennessee, where he earned All-American honors as well as recognition as the SEC Player of the Year in 1998, and was an 11th round selection of the Brewers in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.
Jack Cressend, Pitching Crosschecker
Cressend assumes the newly-created role of Pitching Crosschecker as he joins the Dodgers from Tampa Bay, where he served as an associate scout from 2006-08 and most recently as an amateur scout/pitching consultant since 2012. Between stints with the Rays, he was an assistant coach for Tulane University (2009-10) and the University of Houston (2011).
Cressend, a right-handed reliever, pitched in five MLB seasons with the Twins (2000-02) and Indians (2003-04), going 5-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 122 career appearances. He was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1996 after playing college ball at Tulane.