With a front office in flux, Logan White is the next executive to move on from the Dodgers.
Logan White, well-respected dodgers scouting director who picked Kershaw, Kemp and the others, is taking job with Padres.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 27, 2014
The scouting director was instrumental in the Dodgers’ domestic and international scouting, and his departure to work for San Diego’s front office leaves another big void for the Dodgers. White will work with A.J. Preller, the Padres’ new general manager.
Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers still need to name a general manager as well as a farm director to handle player development. The loss of Logan White also opens up a big hole in the amateur scouting department for the Dodgers. White had been progressively delving more into international scouting under the new ownershipafter Frank McCourt left.
Hyun-jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig were both big international free agent signings which White also had a hand in which ultimately helped the Dodgers transition into a more global outlook on player scouting and development. Under McCourt, international player scouting and development was essentially nonexistent during those years.
Over Logan’s 13 season with the Dodgers, he led the Dodgers’ draft efforts. The Dodgers drafted some of their long-tenured stars during his early drafts like Matt Kemp and Russell Martin. Clayton Kershaw would be selected in the first round of 2006, seventh overall, but White has had some weaker drafts since the drafts of 2002 and 2003.
It seemed as though with White and a renewed budget for player development, the Dodgers were working with a new player development strategy which had directly impacted the 2013 and 2014 teams reflecting the value in investing in both international and farm system development.
Without a general manager or someone to head the scouting department, the Dodgers will have a lot to do this winter both in the front office and with the roster.