Two years ago the Yankees employed former Padres GM and current Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers as a special advisor, using him as what amounts to a front office jack of all trades. The Yankees hired former Cubs GM Jim Hendry for a similar position this past offseason, and Dan Barbarisi wrote about his role with the team and his relationship with Brian Cashman.
Like Towers, Hendry does a little bit of everything, including internal evaluations of the club’s prospects and scouting prior to the amateur draft. He also played a role in the Casey McGehee trade — he drafted developed McGehee with the Cubs — and handled negotiations with first round pick Ty Hensley. It’s a short but really interesting read, so check it out.