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Orioles add Haas to scouting team

Orioles add Haas to scouting team

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced on Friday that Danny Haas has been hired as the club's national crosschecker. Haas, 35, spent the last 10 seasons as an amateur scout in the Red Sox organization, and most recently served as Boston's Southeast crosschecker.

Haas worked as the club's Upper Midwest/Northeast crosschecker from 2006-09. During that time, current Major Leaguers Ryan Kalish, Ryan Lavarnway and the recently traded Kyle Weiland signed with the Red Sox.

Haas was hired by Boston in 2002 -- right at the end of Dan Duquette's tenure as that club's general manager -- and he served as a Midwest area scout. Haas was named Boston's Amateur Scout of the Year in 2004 and signed pitcher Michael Bowden in the supplemental round of the 2005 Draft.

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Haas' hiring is the latest in a front-office overhaul that is expected to continue for the rest of 2011. Duquette, now Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, announced the reassigning of Lee MacPhail IV, director of professional scouting, several weeks ago during a conference call to unveil amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich, and -- according to a report on Friday morning from FoxSports -- five other pro scouts have been informed that they will be reassigned, though the exact duties of Todd Frohwirth, Jim Howard, James Keller, Ted Lekas and Jim Thrift are to be determined.

In announcing MacPhail's reassignment, Duquette said that he had never had a director of pro scouting and indicated that he would prefer to allocate resources and people elsewhere.

"We will make other changes to the staff to make sure we are strong, not just in amateur scouting but at all levels," said Duquette, who added that the Orioles aren't going to fill MacPhail's position but instead would have "appropriate" staffing at all levels of the organization.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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