SARASOTA -- The Reds have a new senior director of scouting, former Blue Jays exec Chris Buckley. In addition to the resume listed on BA, he spent 1989-95 as an area scout and 1996-2000 as a national cross-checker for the Jays. He had been with the Cubs since Jan. 1 this year as a special assistant to the GM. Buckley will oversee all of the Reds' scouting operations, which were essentially split into three units during Dan O'Brien's tenure.
In addition, you may remember a brief item back in December about scouting veteran Andres Reiner joining the Reds' front office as a special assistant to the GM. He and O'Brien were very tight, and obviously he went out the door with Dan -- though I certainly didn't pick up on that before today. I say that because today the Devil Rays hired him as a special assistant.
Another Friend of O'Brien departs the organization...