Scouting director R.J. Harrison moving up to senior advisor

Published June 27 2015
Updated June 27 2015

UPDATE, 2:59: The Rays announced the moves today, official on July 17.

Baseball operations president Matt Silverman said, in a statement:

"These changes reflect both our confidence in the direction of our amateur scouting department and our hope for its continued evolution. I am grateful for R.J.'s leadership of the department through this year's draft and for the past 10 seasons. It's only because of his guidance and mentorship that we are in position to take these next steps."

Harrison said: "Very few people get to have as long a run in the director role as I have had, and I am very thankful to the organization for their faith in me over the years. I look forward to many more years helping grow our baseball organization and plan to enjoy the challenges ahead."

The team also changed three other titles: James Click is now director, baseball opertations; Matt Arnold is now director, player personnel; and Bobby Heck, special assistant baseball operations.

DEVELOPING: After running the Rays last 10 drafts, scouting director R.J. Harrison is moving up to be a senior advisor for scouting and baseball operations, the Times has learned.

Rob Metzler, who has been the assistant director of amateur scouting, will replace Harrison. An announcement is expected within the next week and the change will become official next month.

Harrison, who has been with the team since 1995 and worked his way up, will get the chance to be involved in additional parts of the organization.

Harrison is a graduate of Arizona State and played in two College World Series, then played professionally in the Cardinals and Mariners organizations as a catcher and pitcher before going into coaching and managing.