The Arizona Diamondbacks have added another person to their front office. According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via mlbtraderumors) long-time Chicago Cubs’ executive Tim Wilken will be joining Arizona’s front office. Last year, Wilken was a finalist to become the D-backs’ Director of Amatuer Scouting, a position that went to Deric Ladnier.
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Since 2012, Wilken has served as the Cubs’ special assistant to the president and general manager. He joined the organization in 2005 after previous stops with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. Among the players he has signed over the years are Josh Donaldson, Jeff Samardzija, Josh Harrison and Javier Baez. In 2006, he was named the Scout of the Year, given only to scouts with 25 years of experience.
Wilkn started his career in 1979 in the scouting department of the Blue Jays. With his vast knowledge and experience in talent evaluation, it seems as though the Snakes’ front office made a wise hire. We wish Tim Wilken the best of luck as he begins the next phase of his professional career and welcome him to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization.