The Chicago Cubs have named Scott Harris, 25, director of baseball operations, the team announced today. Harris has been Major League Baseball's coordinator of Major League operations for the past two years. Prior to that, he interned with the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals.
From the Cubs' news release:
"A native of Redwood City, Calif., Harris graduated from UCLA in 2009 and was attending Columbia Business School while working at Major League Baseball, assisting teams with transactions and procedural operations within the New York office."
Harris's role with the Cubs will include working with general manager Jed Hoyer on contracts, arbitration, compliance and other matters. Harris will replace Scott Nelson, according to the Chicago Tribune:
Nelson was a 30-year veteran in the Cubs organization who became baseball operations director in 1998. He left the Cubs near the end of the 2012 season after being removed from his position and offered a lesser role in the organization.
Nelson was the Cubs' point man in their arbitration hearing win over Ryan Theriot in 2010, the first time a player went to the arbitration table against the Cubs since 1993.