Dana Brown leaving Nats; Moose Stubing let go
In a surprising move, Dana Brown is leaving the Nationals as an amateur scouting director and will join the Blue Jays to become a special assistant to general manager Alexander Anthopoulos.
An announcement is expected to be made as early as Monday. The move is considered a promotion for Brown. Anthopoulos and Brown have known each other since their days with the Expos. In fact, it was Brown who hired Anthopoulos to work in the scouting department in 2002.
Earlier last week, the Blue Jays received permission from the Nationals to talk to Brown, who is credited for drafting pitchers Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan.
Brown, general manager Mike Rizzo, team president Stan Kasten were not available for comment.
According to a baseball source, Kris Kline, who is currently the assistant scouting director, most likely will get a promotion. The Nationals are also talking to Braves scouting director Roy Clark. If he decides to join the Nationals, Clark more than likely will help Kline and Rizzo run the draft.
In other news, the Nationals have relieved Moose Stubing of his duties as special assistant to the general manager. No reason was given why he was let go.