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November 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

After hiring Bob Engle, Dodgers fill international staff with ex-Mariner scouts

A little more than a month after he left the Mariners, and less than two weeks after being hired by the Dodgers, Bob Engle has dipped heavily into his Mariners roots to fill his staff.

Engle is the Dodgers’ new vice president of international scouting, named Nov. 1 after stepping down from a similiar post he had held with the Mariners since 2004. Engle quit shortly after the Mariners fired Patrick Guerrero, their Latin American supervisor. Guerrero is one of the new Dodgers hires announced today by GM Ned Colletti, along with three other scouts who had been working for the Mariners: Pat Kelley, the Mariners’ Australian coordinator; Jamey Storvick, a Mariners scout in Taiwan; and Eugene Grimaldi, an international scouting consultant for Seattle.

Guerrero, who had worked for the Mariners since 2000, will be the Dodgers’ Latin American coordinator. Kelley, who spent the past seven years with Seattle, will be coordinator of the Pacific Rim. Storvick, who had been with Seattle since 1999, will be a special assignment scout in the Pacific Rim, and Grimaldi, who joined the Mariners in 2009, will be coordinator of European operations.

The Dodgers hired two other international scouts with Mariners ties, most notably Pedro Avila, who was instrumental in the signing of Felix Hernandez. Avila, who had worked for the Rangers for the past five years, is the Dodgers’ new coordinator of Venezuelan operations.

Mike Tosar, who scouted for the Mariners from 2005-10, becomes coordinator of Mexico and Cuba for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers also announced that former Mariners catcher Josh Bard was hired as a special assistant for player personnel.

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