Phillies farm director Joe Jordan and assistant GM Scott Proefrock both came from the Orioles organization to the Phillies, with Proefrock joining the Phillies in 2008 and Jordan coming over three years later. Last season, Andy MacPhail came to the Phillies to eventually take over as team president and he hired Matt Klentak to be the Phillies new GM last October. Now, Ned Rice joins the group as the newest of the Phillies assistant GMs, leaving his job as the Orioles director of major league administration.
Reports say that while Rice will hold the title of assistant GM, he's going to serve as an assistant to MacPhail.
Rice, 32, joined the Orioles in 2005 as a public relations intern and worked his way into the baseball operations department. For the past three seasons, he has worked as an assistant to executive vice president Dan Duquette, providing help with roster management, player contracts, arbitration and rules compliance. Rice also served as the Orioles player information analyst, which may be a large part of his role with the Phillies, who are seeking to increase their use of sabermetrics and statistical analysis.