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D-backs progress toward filling vacancies

D-backs progress toward filling vacancies

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ARLINGTON -- The D-backs continue to make progress towards filling their vacant scouting director job as well as the open spots on their coaching staff, and could possibly have decisions by the end of next week.

General manager Kevin Towers, senior vice president of scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto and special assistant Bob Gebhard, have been the ones interviewing scouting directors. One person interviewed on Wednesday, another on Thursday and two more are scheduled for Monday.

"Hopefully by the middle of next week, we should have a pretty good idea about the direction," Towers said.

Two candidates, including Dave Hansen, the organization's hitting coordinator, interviewed for the hitting coach position -- with four or five more left to talk to according to Towers.

It's possible the D-backs could have interest in coaches who are still involved in the postseason, which could push back their hiring to after the World Series.

"By the end of next week, we may have the Major League coaching staff," Towers said. "I think a lot depends on if we feel comfortable with the group we've talked to or if we want to talk to some others."

The D-backs are looking to hire a hitting coach, pitching coach, bench coach and a first-base coach, if they decide to move Matt Williams from first to third base, as it appears they will.

Scout Mike Brown will get the opportunity to interview for the pitching-coach job, but other than he and Hansen, Towers and Dipoto declined to discuss who else might be in the mix.

The scouting-director vacancy was created last week when the D-backs dismissed scouting director Tom Allison.

Dipoto said the qualities the D-backs are looking for in a scouting director include someone who is a good evaluator of talent, incorporates people and leads effectively, and has a strong philosophical base.

"The teams that scout and develop best are those who have an idea of what [they're] looking for every time [they] go out," Dipoto said. "We want to have a clear identity of what a Diamondback player is."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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