Another critical piece of the Washington Nationals efforts to rebuild their operations abroad was put into place Wednesday afternoon when Boston Red Sox Latin American coordinator
DiPuglia, one of Latin America's most respected scouts, had worked for the Boston Red Sox since 1999, when he started as a Latin American cross checker. He scouted talent-rich Florida for the team for several years before being promoted to Latin American scouting coordinator in 2005.
DiPuglia, of Dominican descent, was raised in Miami and started his professional baseball career in 1990 as an area scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. He moved on to the San Francisco Giants as the assistant international director in 1998. During his tenure with the Red Sox, he was instrumental in the team's signing of All-Star shortstop
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The Nationals international operations were leveled last February after Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations discovered that top Dominican prospect,
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In moving from the Red Sox, a team that spent $12.1 million from 2003 to '08 on international signings, the third most in the majors, to the Nationals, DiPuglia joins a team that ranked 25th in international spending with $4.5 million over the same period.
"I met with [ownership] and they're committed," says DiPuglia, who understands why the Lerners family that owns the team would be hesitant to invest in international signings after being defrauded in the Gonzalez case. "They want to go forward and they thought I was the right guy."