NEW YORK -- As the Red Sox enter an offseason of overhaul, they wanted another veteran voice to help bring in the right people.
Eddie Bane, who's been around the game for 40 years, has been appointed as a special assistant for player personnel. He spent the last two seasons as a scout in the Tigers' organization, after the Angels let him go as their director of scouting at the end of the 2010 season.
"We're looking for someone to be a key evaluator for us, be part of the decision-making team," general manager Ben Cherington said at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. "We've got strong evaluators that are part of that decision-making team already -- Allard Baird, Dave Finley. We want to add to that. Eddie's got a ton of experience."
Bane, 60, already has family in the organization. Jaymie Bane, Eddie's son, is a Sox scout on the pro side.
A lefty from Chicago and Arizona State product, Eddie Bane pitched parts of three seasons in the Majors, in 1973, '75 and '76, but he made his mark as a scout. The Angels drafted Jered Weaver, Kendrys Morales and Mike Trout under his direction from 2004-10. Bane spent two years with the Rays as a special assistant prior to joining the Angels, and before that, 11 years as a scout and national crosschecker for the Dodgers.
Bane also coached in the Minors, both as a pitching coach and manager.
"He's done just about everything that's important to me to have to find someone, who had done work in the Draft, internationally, at the pro level, Major League level," Cherington said. "He's scouted everywhere there is to scout. That was important. We're going to lean on him in all of those areas. He's got a great track record. Aside from the experience and the track record, I wanted to make sure that we added a fresh voice to the room. He'll help bring that. As I said last fall, we want the best evaluators and the best analytic minds working together. He's a step in that direction we think."
Bane probably represents the most noteworthy front-office addition the Sox will make this offseason.
"I wouldn't rule anything out, but there's nothing planned right now," Cherington said. "We've got a couple -- one or two scouting openings -- that we're working on filling, but not expecting any front-office additions."