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January 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Mariners hire Eddy Toledo to run Dominican operations

Eddy Toledo was named today as the Mariners’ new director of Dominican operations as the ballclub continues to reconfigure its international scouting staff. The hire was announced by GM Jack Zduriencik and director of international operations Tim Kissner.

The Mariners fired their long-time Latin American supervistor, Patrick Guerrero, in October, and right around the same time Bob Engle resigned as their VP of international operations. A month later, Engle took a job as the Dodgers’ head of international operations and hired many former Mariners scouts, including the Dominican-based Guerrero.

The Mariners, meanwhile, hired Kissner in late October. He was formerly in the Cubs organization. Toledo comes from the Rays organization, where he served seven years as their director of Dominican operations. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity with the Mets from 1981-2006.

Joe McIlvaine hired Toledo away from the Brewers organization, where they had both worked as scouts, when he became the Mets’ director of scouting in November of 1980. McIlvaine is now an advisor to Zduriencik, who was in the Mets organization with Toledo from 1983-90 and 1994-98.

“We are very excited to add Eddy as our director of Dominican operations,” said Kissner in a release. “Eddy is a much respected scout and his experience, record of signing major league players and ability to represent the Mariners in a first class manner, make him the perfect individual for this job.”

“I am very excited to join the Mariners and assist with the organizations very ambitious efforts in the Dominican Republic,” said Toledo in the release. “The future of the Mariners internationally is very bright and I look forward to working with Tim Kissner, Jack Zduriencik and Joe McIlvaine to provide championship-caliber players to the Major League roster.”

Toledo is credited with signing more than 30 future major-leaguers, including All-Stars Jose Reyes and Nelson Cruz, as well as Octavio Dotel, Guillermo Mota, Hector Carrasco, Carlos Gomez, Fernando Martinez, Elvin Ramirez, Alex Colome and Brauilo Lara among others.

Reyes was his big coup. This story, in the third paragraph, describes how Toledo saw something in Reyes that other scouts missed and signed him for $13,000. Last year, Reyes signed a six-year, $106-million contract with the Marlins, who traded him to the Blue Jays in November. Reyes is a four-time All-Star who won the NL batting title in 2011 and led the league in stolen bases three times

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