James Harris, Guardians assistant GM
Though it might seem confusing to have two people with the same last name at the top of their front office, if the Detroit Tigers wanted to start a law firm of Harris and Harris, we wouldn’t be upset about it.
Harris’ resume is incredibly impressive—I’m talking about James, just to be clear. He actually got his career started in football, starting as a consultant for the San Francisco 49ers, as well as being an assistant atheletic director for the University of Oregon. He went on to be the chief of staff for the Philadelphia Eagles for a few years before moving over to baseball, where he was a special assistant in the Pirates’ front office for less than a year.
Cleveland hired him to be their director of player development in 2016, eventually working his way up to his current role of assistant GM.
This would once again be playing off Scott Harris’ culture of development motto. The Guardians have become one of the better organizations in all of baseball at developing home grown talent, and that’s largely thanks to the work of James Harris. The team won 92 games and won the AL Central with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball because they can develop players.
James Harris would be a home run hire. Stealing a well-respected front office excecutive from one of your division rivals would be an all-time thievery by Scott Harris.