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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Washington Nationals add Bob Schaefer to front office

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals announced the addition of Bob Schaefer to their front office as a special assistant to General Manager Mike Rizzo. Schaefer has worked in baseball as a coach or front-office official for 30 years, most recently a three-year stint under Joe Torre as the Dodgers' bench coach.

Rizzo had not planned on bringing in any new members to his front office, even in the wake of team president Stan Kasten's departure. But he remained open to the idea should anyone he liked become available. Schaefer was not coming back to Los Angeles following Joe Torre's resignation and Don Mattingly's taking over.

"We're always open-minded with talented personnel that become available," Rizzo said two weeks ago at the GM meetings. "I would never close my mind to add somebody. The landscape as it is today, with the people that I know are available, we don't have any ideas to change the personnel. If somebody that I know were to come available, that was too good to pass up, we would certainly make overtures to hire them."

The Nationals had already internally filled the front-office position created by the departure of Jay Sartori as director of baseball operations. When Sartori left for a promotion with the Toronto Blue Jays, Adam Cromie, who had served as Sartori's top assistant, took over his responsibilities, which include preparing arbitration cases and other analysis projects.

"Adam Cromie has taken a much higher profile there," Rizzo said at the GM meetings. "He's taken much a broader role in the front office."

By Adam Kilgore  | November 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

So I guess there's a nice tie-in with "Fact the Nation" and "Nats Nation," but does he really have the baseball smarts we need? What? Oh. Never mind.

Will be interesting to see what develops leading up to and at the winter meetings.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 29, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Crud. "Face" the. I always blow the punchlines...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 29, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Meet our new interim manager if Riggleman does not live up to their expectations early in 2011.

Posted by: 3B11 | November 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"We're always open-minded with talented personnel that become available"

Well when it comes to the front office types at least; it is hard to tell if they have that same open mind when they approach available player personnel.

On that note, I am guessing that lefty reliever Gustavo Chachin, just released in Houston will be in Nats camp come spring.

Posted by: dfh21 | November 29, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Chacin - Haven't we been there / done that?

Posted by: BinM | November 29, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Since WaPo is reporting in the hard copy edition that Ted Lerner has lost a court case and now owes Virginia $5.1 million that they overpaid him for some Tyson's property, does that mean that the Nats' already non-competitive payroll will drop, oh say, about $5.1 million?

Posted by: NatsFly | November 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Since WaPo is reporting in the hard copy edition that Ted Lerner has lost a court case and now owes Virginia $5.1 million that they overpaid him for some Tyson's property, does that mean that the Nats' already noncompetitive payroll will drop, oh say, about $5.1 million?

Posted by: NatsFly | November 29, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"When Sartori left for a promotion with the Toronto Blue Jays, Adam Cromie, who had served as Sartori's top assistant, took over his responsibilities, which include preparing arbitration cases and other analysis projects."

So Cromie's doing two jobs for the price of one?

Posted by: joemktg1 | November 29, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Cromie's doing Sartori's old job, and no one is doing Cromie's old job. That's why the Nats have not done anything this winter... and all of the bids and talks with free agents are perpetually "next week".

Posted by: comish4lif | November 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It seems like the next guy in line gets the job in Nats Town. Rizzo when Bowden is out, Riggleman when Acta finally gets axed, Ray Knight does color when Dibble goes Nasty Boy, Rizzo again when Stan leaves, Cromie now. Maybe this is good new for Morse's chance to play 1B full time this year. Hope not.

Posted by: dfh21 | November 29, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey look at this way, if all the reports are correct, the Nats will once again finish at the top when it comes to front office brain-trust. Now for the people who actually have to go out and play the game...., well that's still on indefinite hold.

Geez Rizzo please give me a reason to renew my 41 game ST package

Posted by: TippyCanoe | November 29, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

They have no problems adding to the front office-is it possible to add someone to the roster?

Posted by: djorl | November 29, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Katy bar the door! Bob Schaefer is on board?!? The Nats are going to be unstoppable now!

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 29, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Bob Schaefer should have a lot of knowledge about LA Dodgers players that could determine if the Nats go after Matt Kemp or James Loney.

Posted by: 4U2Know | November 29, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Bob Schaefer is a nice hire, but we should not expect his arrival to be a difference maker. Rizzo needs to do less fine tuning of the front office and more overhauling of the roster.

Posted by: dfh21 | November 29, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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