White Sox hire Krause as consultant

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have hired former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause to be a baseball consultant, giving him primary duties of helping observe and revamp the team's scouting system in the Dominican Republic.

"Very smart man," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday. "He gambled, trading for me, and he won.

"I think this guy is a very, very brilliant guy. I think he's a great baseball person, and he's going to be overlooking Latin America. I hope he finds another Ozzie Guillen."

The system in the Dominican has been under close scrutiny since former director of Latin American affairs David Wilder was accused of reportedly demanding kickbacks from Dominican prospects after inflating their values.

Krause has extensive baseball scouting experience, including having worked for the White Sox in the 1970s and '80s, before taking over as Bulls general manager.

As a scout, Krause was instrumental in the White Sox's signing of both GM Ken Williams and the acquisition of Guillen.

The Bulls won six titles in the 1990s under Krause.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.