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Jays add three to scouting department

Jays add three to scouting department

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos continued his efforts to beef up the organization's scouting staff on Wednesday, this time reeling in a pair of former general managers to join Toronto's quest to become an American League powerhouse again.

The Blue Jays have hired former Cubs general manager Ed Lynch and former Expos general manager Jim Beattie as professional scouts. Toronto also added former AL Rookie of the Year Bob Hamelin as a professional scout, giving the franchise 21 pro scouts in all.

Lynch, who has been in baseball for 33 years, served as the GM of the Cubs from 1994-2000 and most recently worked as a special assistant to the general manager with Chicago over the past 10 years. Lynch's time as an executive follows an eight-year playing career.

Beattie has spent time with the Yankees, Orioles, Mariners and Expos organizations, serving as the GM for Montreal from 1989-95. Beattie brings 28 years of baseball experience, having played with New York and Seattle and serving as an executive with Baltimore and Montreal. From 2002-05, he worked as an executive vice president with the Orioles.

Hamelin joins the Blue Jays after serving as a scout for the Washington Nationals for the past five years. Hamelin captured the Rookie of the Year honor as a player for the Royals in 1994 and spent six seasons in the Majors between stints with Kansas City, Detroit and Milwaukee.

Jordan Bastian 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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