With trade rumors and free agent news swirling around this past week at the annual winter meetings, there has been little time to address members of the front office and their roles for the upcoming campaign.
Monday afternoon changed all of that.
The Cleveland Indians officially announced the promotions of Eric Binder (Director, Player Baseball Operations), Paul Gillispie (Senior Director, International Scouting) and Victor Wang (Director, Professional Scouting) within their Baseball Operations Department. In addition, James Harris joined the club as the new Director of Player Development.
Most recently serving as the Assistant Director of Player Development with the Tribe the past two seasons, Binder will be called upon to support the daily functions of the department and play a critical role in the decision-making process. Binder was a student at Northwestern and Trine University before beginning a two-year stint as a Minor League pitcher from 2011-2012.
Gillispie has an abundance of experience with the Indians and is now entering his tenth season with the organization. Formerly the Director of Professional Scouting, Gillispie's promotion entails a deeper role in the evaluation process applied for signing international prospects. Gillispie attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 2004.
Wang deservedly got the bump up to the Director of Professional Scouting after serving the past four years as the Assistant Director of Professional Scouting. Another Northwestern University graduate, Wang will observe the scouting staff and help out with coverage for both the Major and Minor Leagues.
The freshest face of the bunch, Harris takes the spot of Carter Hawkins as 2017's Director of Player Development. Harris graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2000 and has experience working with the Cornhuskers, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Pirates. His elevated role includes working with all departments in an effort to increase efficiency amid the organization.
This quartet of transactions is designed to improve the Indians for both present and future generations after a deep postseason run in 2016.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.