Smith Demoted, Chadd Enters the Fold

On the same day the Tigers top draft pick, Justin Verlander, visited his future home, the Tigers announced a front office shake-up, including the demotion of the man responsible for bringing Verlander into the fold. The Tigers Director of Scouting Greg Smith, was re-assigned within the organization, while the Tigers brought in former Red Sox Scouting Director David Chadd.

Dave Dombrowksi has once again shown that no one is untouchable, including someone who had been with the club for many years.

After 8-plus years as the Tigers Director of Scouting, Greg Smith was demoted on Friday. He will remain with the organization as a Tigers scout responsible for scouting the Pacific Rim, including Los Angeles and Tokyo.

To replace Smith, Dombrowski once again looked to a former employee with the Florida Marlins, David Chadd. Chadd worked with Dombrowski in Florida, and most recently was the Boston Red Sox Director of amateur scouting. Chadd's new title with the organization will be Vice President of amateur scouting.

Besides Chadd, Dombrowski also brought on another former front office Marlin; James Orr. Orr will take over as the Assistant Scouting Director.

The changes are yet more moves by Dombrowski to help improve a Scouting Department that has consistently resided over one of the worst farm systems in baseball. While improvements have been made since Dombrowski joined the organization, the farm system still consistently ranks in the bottom third of all the systems in baseball.

It's now Chadd's turn to try and help change that.

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