BOSTON (AP) – Allard Baird was named assistant to the general manager of the Boston Red Sox on Monday five months after he was fired as general manager of the Kansas City Royals.

Baird, who held the Royals job from June 2000 to last May 31, will assist general manager Theo Epstein.

Baird, 44, was hired last July as a special assignment scout for the Red Sox after spending 18 years in the Kansas City organization. With Boston, he will retain that role, oversee the pro scouting department and advise Epstein in many areas.

He started in the Kansas City organization in 1988 as a minor league hitting coach. After being fired this year when the team got off to a poor start, Baird was replaced as Royals general manager by Dayton Moore.

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