Josh Rawitch leaving Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- In a move he says has nothing to do with the Los Angeles Dodgers' financial uncertainty and on-going bankruptcy case, Josh Rawitch, the team's vice president of communications, has accepted a position of senior vice president for communications with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rawitch will remain with the Dodgers through the end of the regular season, then join the Diamondbacks in time for the playoffs. The Diamondbacks currently hold an 8½-game lead in the National League West.

"For me, this simply came down to a tremendous professional opportunity and a chance to do great things for my family,'' he said. "I have loved every second of my time with the Dodgers and am very grateful to Frank (McCourt) and so many other people who have helped me. It just feels like the right move to make.''

Rawitch has been with the Dodgers for 15 seasons, four in his current capacity of overseeing all of the organization's communications operations, including public relations, publications and team history. He will be reunited with Diamondbacks chief executive officer Derrick Hall, who brought Rawitch from the marketing to the public relations department in 2000 when Hall was the Dodgers vice president for communications. Hall left the team shortly after McCourt finalized his purchase of the club in February 2004.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.