MacPhail moves quickly, hires Krivsky for exec job


November 27, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,

A little more than a week after losing one of his top executives, Orioles president Andy MacPhail worked fast to fill the vacancy, announcing the hiring yesterday of former Cincinnati Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky.

Krivsky was named special assistant to the president of baseball operations, taking over many of the responsibilities that were performed by Scott Proefrock, who took a job with the Philadelphia Phillies last week.

"It's rare that you get somebody like Wayne who really is talented in all baseball areas," MacPhail said yesterday.

"I would imagine that he would be involved in some areas that Scott wasn't involved in. ... It's clearly based on Wayne's reputation, his experience, what he's accomplished in the game. He really is a good fit for what I'm looking for."

Krivsky, 54, served as a special assistant to New York Mets GM Omar Minaya last season. He had previously spent two years as executive vice president and GM of the Reds. He has also logged 26 years as an assistant or special assistant to GMs with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins.

Though they never worked in the Twins' front office at the same time, MacPhail and Krivsky's relationship dates to the late 1970s.

"I've known Andy a long time. Certainly, that was the biggest attraction," Krivsky said. "I'm really excited about this opportunity. There is a lot of work to do. There is a lot of work to do with 29 other clubs, too. I just think there's tremendous upside potential in Baltimore. I know the fans have gone through a lot of losing seasons here just like Cincinnati when I arrived there. Andy is going to do this in the right way, and I'm just excited to be a part of it."

MacPhail said he anticipates Krivsky, who will start his duties Monday and attend the winter meetings early next month, will be involved in all aspects of major league operations, including scouting and contract negotiations. He'll also share some administrative duties with director of baseball operations Matt Klentak.

MacPhail said he doesn't expect any other "significant" changes to the front office. Joe Jordan and David Stockstill, the directors of scouting and player development, respectively, agreed to two-year contract extensions this offseason. There still is some uncertainty about the status of executive vice president Mike Flanagan, whose contract expires at the end of the year.

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