Five more things to know about Rays’ latest personnel changes

ST. PETERSBURG — In promoting Peter Bendix to general manager, naming Will Cousins and Chanda Lawdermilk vice presidents and making a series of other moves, the Rays reshaped the top-end structure of their baseball operations department under president Erik Neander.

Here are five more things about the moves announced Thursday:

Staff matters

As often as the Rays have staff hired away for bigger titles with other organizations, they pride themselves on being able to fill those openings — usually from within — and keep winning.

In detailing Lawdermilk’s promotion from director of staff development and recruiting to vice president of baseball operations, Neander said her efforts on all staff-related matters have been a key element to their continued success.

Chanda Lawdermilk was promoted to vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. [ TYLER SCHANK | Tampa Bay Rays ]

“That’s something that went from a role that just a few years ago we didn’t have, didn’t identify and didn’t really appreciate the benefits of it to now being in a position where we can’t imagine being without it,” Neander said. “There’s certainly a close relationship between the strength of our staff and the success that we have on the field. And regarding the former, there’s no one that’s been more influential and improving those efforts and the importance of them over the last few years then she has been.”

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