Another Blue Jay will fly south this winter.
On Monday, ESPN's Jeff Passan informed the Blue Jays amateur exploration director: Steve Sanders, is following Ben Cherington to the Pittsburgh office.
Toronto Blue Jays exploration director Steve Sanders heads to Pittsburgh to join the office of the new Pirates general manager Ben Cherington, sources report to ESPN. Sanders has executed the last three drafts for Toronto and worked with Cherington to help rebuild its agricultural system.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 2, 2019
Sanders executed the last three drafts for the Tiles and was working with Cherington to help rebuild the equipment's agricultural system. Both were hired by Toronto in September 2016.
This is the first major move that Cherington has made to the Pirates main office.
Cherington and Sanders started working together in Boston in 2011 when Sanders was hired as an intern. He was promoted to a full-time position in 2012, the first season of Cherington as general manager of the Red Sox, being appointed amateur and international exploration assistant. He spent a year as an amateur and international exploration coordinator in 2014 before receiving another promotion to the amateur exploration assistant director before the 2015 season.
Sanders spent the last three seasons as director of amateur exploration of Los Azulejos. He also interned with the 2009-2010 Dodgers.
Sanders will be assistant to the general manager in Pittsburgh, according to Robert Murray, a member of MLB.
Sanders joins the Pirates as GM's assistant, according to a source. https://t.co/lEZVzCgFlB
– Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 2, 2019
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