New general manager Jerry Dipoto continued his restructuring of the Mariners’ front office Thursday, promoting three individuals to key executive positions, including Jeff Kingston, named the club’s vice president and assistant GM for baseball operations. In his new role, Kingston will oversee the player development department.
Kingston has served as assistant GM since Sept. 17, 2009. Prior to joining the Mariners, Kingston worked as an assistant to San Diego’s player development director. He was with the Padres from 2001-09.
Tom Allison will become the club’s vice president of player personnel and will oversee all aspects of the scouting operation, including amateur, professional and international. Prior to joining Seattle, Allison worked in various scouting capacities with the New York Mets (1995-99), Milwaukee Brewers (2000-06), Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2010) and Boston Red Sox (2011-2012).
Lee MacPhail IV will serve as director of professional scouting, filling the spot previously held by Allison. McPhail joined Seattle as a scout in November 2012 after working for the Baltimore Orioles (2007-12), Minnesota Twins (2006-07), Washington Nationals (2002-06), Twins (1998-2002), Cleveland Indians (1996-98), Texas Rangers (1995-96) and Orioles (1991-95).
MacPhail, Tom McNamara (amateur scouting) and Tim Kissner (international) will all report to Allison.