According to a report by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman on Thursday night, the Washington Nationals are about to lose another member of their front office.
Deric Ladnier, who is still listed as a Special Assistant to the General Manager on the Nationals' executives page, is "expected" to get a job as the Arizona Diamondbacks' scouting director according to Heyman, after Asst. General Manager Bryan Minniti left the nation's capital to join the D-Backs as an Asst. GM earlier this winter.
Ladnier, a one-time Atlanta Braves' scout, assistant scouting director and farm director, served as the Kansas City Royals' scouting director from 2000-2008 before joining the Nationals in 2008 and serving as a cross-checker and Asst. GM in the nation's capital.
All of that came after a seven-year pro career as an infielder in the Royals' organization (1985-1991). He put up a .262/.318/.380 line in 1.471 career plate appearances.
nats exec deric ladnier, who drafted hosmer for kc, expected to be named d-backs scouting director. http://t.co/OjTyfcdFvN— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2014
"Baseball Shop Breakup":
• "Deric Ladnier, the Nationals executive and the former Royals scouting director, is expected to be named the Diamondbacks' new scouting director..." - "Nats exec Deric Ladnier expected to get D-Backs scouting director job" - Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com
FBB's recommended reading:
Will the Nats add a reliever this winter?:
• "This week's debate: Should the Nats enter 2015 with Drew Storen as closer, or should they look elsewhere?" - "Point/Counterpoint: Should Storen’s closer role be secure?" - Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
Would the addition of a reliever be a sign the Nationals are "all-in"?:
• "How will the Nationals, owner of the National League’s best record, signal that they, too, are all-in for 2015?" - "How would Washington Nationals signal they’re all-in for 2015? By doing very little" - Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post
A look at how the Nats would join the Cards, Dodgers and Red Sox as all-in for 2015: By doing nothing. On Baseball: http://t.co/mrUoslTo2x— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) December 4, 2014
Ian Desmond, future free agent infielder?:
• "This, of course, is something the Nationals will have to try and avoid, as they have loads of talented players, including some that are homegrown, nearing free agency." - "Nationals Pastime: A trend in the free agent market" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com
• "Previewing the 2014 Winter Meetings for the Nationals" - Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
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Harper contract talk from WTOP:
• "If you haven't already heard, the Washington Nationals are facing something of a dilemma in regards to one of their brightest young players..." - "The Nationals' Bryce Harper quandary" - Noah Frank, WTOP.com
NL EAST UPDATES: Free-spending Marlins on hold; Markakis vs Heyward; Hamels chatter:
• Phillies: "Hamels is owed somewhere between $100 million over the next four years and $118 million over the next five years, depending on which way the wind blows on the option." - "Why the Phillies Can’t Trade Cole Hamels Rashly, Before I Kill Someone" - Michael Bauman, Crashburn Alley
• Mets: "While Cuddyer is slotted to be the right fielder, several members of Mets brass have mentioned that he could also be a solution for Duda’s struggles against lefthanded pitching." - "Mets' Lucas Duda out to get righted vs. lefties" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News
• Marlins: "The Marlins like Chase Headley very much and have been weighing an offer for the free agent third baseman, but it appears they are delaying the pursuit." - "Marlins' interest in Headley derailed by word of alleged $65 million offer" - Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com
• Braves: "The one certainty is that Markakis, who agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal on Wednesday, comes at a cost that is about half of what Heyward hopes to get as a free agent next year." - "Inbox: How does Markakis measure up to Heyward?" - Mark Bowman, braves.com