New GM Al Avila reshuffles Tigers' front-office duties

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News

Detroit – A week of rearrangement in the Tigers front office continued Friday when Tigers general manager Al Avila announced a realigned group, although new names were introduced.

Al Avila

Avila, who on Tuesday replaced Dave Dombrowski as front-office chief, promoted David Chadd, the team's former vice president of amateur scouting, to Avila's previous post as assistant GM.

Scott Bream, who formerly headed pro scouting for the Tigers, now becomes director of player personnel. John Westhoff, who was previously the team's legal counsel, retains his title along with the added distinction of assistant general manager.

All of the above, apart from Avila, carry the title of vice president.

Sam Menzin, who had earlier been a research analyst for the team, is now the team's director of operations, succeeding Mike Smith, who left the Tigers to join a Detroit firm associated with the city's neighborhood restoration.

Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Jim Leyland, and Alan Trammell, who were former special assistants to Dombrowski, retain their role under Avila, whose title is executive vice president and general manager.

"It's in the best interest of the baseball operations department that we maintain continuity," Avila said. "This is a talented and committed group to our organization, and we believe these changes in responsibilities further enhance our efforts moving forward."

Not addressed Friday is who might replace Chadd as the team's director of amateur scouting, overseeing the annual June draft. Scott Pleis was Chadd's top assistant, but no indication was made Friday on how amateur scouting will be supervised.

Chadd, 49, has been with the Tigers since 2004. Bream is a longtime scout and has spent 15 seasons with the Tigers spanning two stints. He also worked as a scout and assistant general manager with the Padres.

Westhoff followed Dombrowski to Detroit following their time together with the Marlins and handles legal matters, including contract negotiations, for the Tigers.

Menzin worked for three years with Smith on the numbers and analysis side before assuming Smith's title as baseball operations director.