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LaMar is Jays' special assistant to amateur scouting

General manager Alex Anthopoulos, never shy to bolster the Blue Jays' scouting staff, added veteran baseball man Chuck LaMar on Friday to be a special assistant to amateur scouting.

Team excited to add veteran's insight, expertise as it prepares for 2012 amateur draft

Former Devil Rays GM Chuck LaMar arrives in Toronto with more than 25 years experience in the game to serve as the Blue Jays' special assistant to amateur scouting. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

General manager Alex Anthopoulos, never one to be shy to bolster the Blue Jays’ scouting staff, added veteran baseball man Chuck LaMar on Friday.

LaMar will be a special assistant to amateur scouting in Toronto after serving most recently as assistant GM, player development and scouting for the Philadelphia Phillies.

"With over 25 years of experience we welcome Chuck’s insight and expertise," Blue Jays director of amateur scouting said in a news release. "I look forward to the contributions he will make to our scouting team as we continue to prepare for the 2012 first-year player draft."

LaMar began his major league career in 1985 as scouting supervisor with the Cincinnati Reds before working as the minor league operations director in Pittsburgh.

Many Blue Jays fans will remember LaMar as GM of the-then Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1995 through 2005.

He also has served as assistant GM in Atlanta, special assistant to the GM with the Washington Nationals and in 2008 was the Phillies’ director of professional scouting.

Two years ago, Anthopoulos needed just one month as GM to bolster Toronto’s staff, with a plan to hire 21 scouts (up from 11) 33 amateur scouts (an increase of 15), four Canadian and four international.

In other scouting news, the Jays promoted area scout Rob St. Julien to regional crosschecker while Brian Johnston will move from West Coast video co-ordinator to area scout.

Also Friday, Anthopoulos re-acquired relief pitcher Trystan Magnuson from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.

The Vancouver native spent three minor league seasons in the Toronto organization from 2008 to 2010 before the 26-year-old Magnuson was dealt to Oakland along with right-hander Danny Farquhar last November in exchange for outfielder Rajai Davis.

Magnuson has appeared in 113 games in the Blue Jays’ system including 24 starts, compiling a record of 8-10 with a 3.53 earned-run average.

A first-round pick by Toronto in the 2007 amateur draft (56th overall), the six-foot-seven, 210-pound Magnuson has struck out 280 batters over 226 2/3 innings pitched.

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Doug Harrison has covered the professional and amateur scene as a senior writer for CBC Sports since 2003. Previously, the Burlington, Ont., native covered the NHL and other leagues for Faceoff.com. Follow the award-winning journalist @harrisoncbc

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