The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Mike Hazen as their executive vice president and general manager, they announced on Sunday.
Arizona fired ex-GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Oct. 3 after a poor showing this season.
Hazen, 40, comes from Boston, where he had been serving as the Red Sox's general manager since September 2015. Despite his title, Hazen did not have complete personnel control, as President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski truly ran the front office.
With Arizona, it's likely that Hazen will have the final say when it comes to player decisions.
Prior to the Red Sox, Hazen had been in a few different roles around baseball. After graduating from Princeton, Hazen played minor league baseball with the Padres but went to work in the Cleveland Indians' front office once his playing career came to an end. He was the Indians' assistant director of player development from 2004 to 2005.
In addition to Hazen, the Diamondbacks also interviewed J.J. Piccolo, Kim Ng, Peter Woodfork, Mike Bell and Bryan Minniti for the position, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The next step for Arizona is hiring a manager, and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo appears to be a prime candidate to follow Hazen out west.
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