Stocking up on international scouts

The Dodgers seem intent on scouting every part of the world where baseball is played.

Two days after winning the bidding rights to Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers announced Monday they’ve hired six new scouts to work under Bob Engle, the VP of international scouting.

Pedro Avila will handle Venezuela; Gene Grimaldi is in charge of Europe; Patrick Guerrero will work Latin America; Pat Kelly will oversee operations in the Pacific Rim; Jamey Storvick will also work in the Pacific Rim and Mike Tosar will be in charge of finding players in Cuba and Mexico.

The Dodgers made a couple of other tweaks to their front office. They hired former major league catcher Josh Bard to be a special assistant in player personnel and hired scouts Willie Fraser and Scott Groot. Former batting champion Bill Mueller will switch from being a special assistant for player personnel to scouting.

It’s not uncommon for scouts to switch teams at this time of year, as typically their contracts expire in November.