The Dodgers’ front office added two more members, as a pair of former players have been hired as special assistants.
The Dodgers added to their already-crowded front office, as a pair of former major leaguers were hired Tuesday morning as special assistants to Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman.
The first, Greg Maddux, had ties with the Dodgers during his hall-of-fame playing career. Maddux was traded to the Dodgers twice in his career, in 2006 by the Cubs and in 2008 by the Padres. He finished his illustrious career as a Dodger, but had his best years early on as a member of the Cubs and Braves. Maddux won four consecutive Cy Young awards from 1991-1994 and finished in the top-five in voting from 1995-1997. He won 18 Gold Gloves in his 23-year career.
The second, Raul Ibanez had a much more modest career, “only” playing for 19 years as a member of the Mariners, Royals, Phillies, Angels and Yankees. He finished with a career .272/.335/.465 triple slash and 305 career home runs. He finished in the top-25 in MVP voting three times, but only made one all-star team before retiring after the 2014 season.
Here’s an except from Jon Weisman of Dodgers Insider.
"In their roles, Maddux and Ibañez will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development and working with the club’s players, both at the Major and minor league levels."
Ibañez and Maddux join Alex Anthopoulos as newcomers in what’s already perceived as one of the top front offices in all of baseball. The combination of smarts and front office experience were already there, but the Dodgers just added 42 years of baseball playing experience to that mix. They’re both seen as great baseball minds, as Maddux has worked in the Cubs and Rangers’ front offices since his retirement and Ibañez was a finalist for the managerial opening in Tampa Bay in 2014.