The Miami Marlins have reportedly fired Marc DelPiano and Jim Benedict, who were both formerly with the Pirates, and signed away by the Marlins for high-profile roles. DelPiano was signed to be the vice president of player development, while Benedict was signed to be the vice president of pitching development.
Because both moves happened after the 2015 season, the Pirates got compensation. The Marlins signed DelPiano first, which isn't an uncommon move. It is uncommon for a team to take two high-level people away from one organization. So when the Marlins wanted Benedict, the Pirates worked out a trade to get Trevor Williams in return.
Benedict and DelPiano were both assistant general managers with the Pirates. Both played big roles in advanced scouting for the MLB team, scouting the...
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