Scouting director Logan White leaving Dodgers for Padres

Logan White, right, introduces the team's top draft pick in 2010, Zach Lee, to the fans before a Dodgers game.
Logan White, right, introduces the team’s top draft pick in 2010, Zach Lee, to the fans before a Dodgers game.
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Logan White, the scouting director who drafted Clayton Kershaw and signed Yasiel Puig, is leaving the Dodgers to join the San Diego Padres, the team announced Monday.

White will be a senior advisor to Padres General Manager A.J. Preller, as well as the director of pro scouting.

White’s departure follows that of De Jon Watson, who vacated his position as farm director to be the senior vice president of baseball operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks.


White’s and Watson’s former positions are vacant. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, also plans to hire a general manager. Josh Byrnes, the former general manager of the Padres and Diamondbacks, looks as if he will be added to the front office in some capacity.

White spent 13 seasons with the Dodgers, during which he oversaw the amateur draft.

In addition to Kershaw, he drafted Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Russell Martin and James Loney. He also played significant roles in the signings of international players such as Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Hiroki Kuroda.

White was one of the candidates to replace Byrnes as the Padres general manager this year.

White and Preller worked together from 2003-2004, when Preller worked in the Dodgers baseball operations department. White also has a close relationship with Don Welke, the Padres vice president of scouting operations and former Dodgers scout.

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