The Dodgers have hired Patrick Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator, according to a baseball source.
Guerrero, who lives in the Dominican Republic, will run the organization's scouting throughout Latin America. The Mariners had fired Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator earlier this month at the same time they announced that Bob Engle, their vice president of international scouting, had decided to leave the organization. Seattle's decision to fire Guerrero, according to Baseball America's sources, was made above Engle, an unusual move for a Latin American scout. Both Guerrero and Engle had been with the Mariners since 2000.
The Dodgers are still deciding whether to bring in someone else to serve as an international scouting director. The Dodgers have increased their international spending significantly since their new ownership group took over. Their biggest signing, a seven-year, $42 million contract for Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig shortly before the new rules on international spending kicked in on July 2, was widely viewed in international scouting circles as a colossal overpay.
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