He started working for the Red Sox a decade ago, and has survived a lot of palace intrigue—not a small feat in this back-stabbing organization. Mike Hazen—Boston's GM since last September—was hired away today as the new General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Look for a follow-up move that results in Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo being named as the new manager of the D'Backs. This is a big loss for The Carmine Hose, as Hazen was the only person in management who didn't engage in John Henry-like double-speak. Now the likely successor as GM will be one of two old-school hacks Allard Baird or Frank Wren. Hazen is local, smart, honest and plain-spoken—all disqualifiers for the out-of-towner NOG (New Ownership Group). Best of luck in a sane environment, Mike!