The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Mike Hazen and fired Dave Stewart as executive vice president and general manager. Hazen is a former executive as general manager for the Boston Red Sox.
“We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations,” Diamondbacks’ Ken Kendrick stated in an official statement.
“Mike’s reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position.”
The 40-year-old Hazen was the GM of the Red Sox but his decisions had to go through Dave Dombrowski (president of baseball operations) so he did not have real control in Boston. The GM position in Arizona won’t hinder him with such set up.
“While this is certainly a significant loss for the Red Sox organization, we are extremely happy for Mike and his family as they begin this new opportunity in Arizona. As one of the most respected young baseball executives in the game, Mike is more than deserving of this position,” Dombrowski stated to ESPN.
“On behalf of the club, we would like to thank Mike for his 11 years of service to the Red Sox and wish him well in his new role. He will be missed by all of his colleagues here at the Boston Red Sox. In the meantime, a search for a new general manager for the Boston Red Sox is underway.”
Hazen will have a tough job to do in Arizona as the Diamondbacks struggled in the 2016 MLB season with 69 wins and 93 losses, the fourth worst record in the National League.