The Texas Rangers have hired Josh Bonifay as the team’s new farm director, per multiple reports. Bonifay was with the Philadelphia Phillies as their farm director from the end of the 2018 season through this season, but this August was informed he would not return in 2022 in that role, but instead was offered a job as a scout.
Bonifay, the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates g.m. Cam Bonifay, was with the Astros organization for a number of years before coming to Texas in 2017 as the major league field coordinator. He then returned to Astros as hitting coordinator for the 2018 season before joining the Phillies.
The Phillies have struggled in recent years in turning prospects into quality major league players, and their farm system is currently seen as one of the weaker farms in the league. One can reasonably wonder how wise a move it is to get someone who was just demoted from a farm director position where the farm was a disappointment and bring them in to oversee your farm — particularly at a rather critical point in your rebuilding effort.