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Orioles hire Gary Rajsich as amateur scouting director

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has made his first key addition to his front office, hiring Toronto Blue Jays' professional crosschecker Gary Rajsich to be the Orioles' new amateur scouting director, according to an industry source.

Rajsich, 57, has been with the Blue Jays since 2009 but spent most of his scouting career with the Boston Red Sox, where he worked with Duquette.

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The Orioles have not announced the deal yet, but Rajsich has accepted the job and tendered his resignation to the Blue Jays.

A former major league first baseman, Rajsich played parts of four seasons with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants from 1982-1985

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He will be replacing Joe Jordan, who left the Orioles' post earlier this offseason to join the Philadelphia Phillies.

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